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‘The Vietnam War’: Past All Reason
The new series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is mesmerizing. But it doesn’t answer the questions about the Vietnam War that many are still seeking.
Andrew J. Bacevich
September 8, 2017
In Search of the ‘Vital Center’
Is the politics of moderation really the best way to avoid tyranny?
September 7, 2017
Mont Pelerin in Virginia
A new book on James Buchanan and public-choice theory explores the Southern roots of the free-market right.
September 6, 2017
Sari Nusseibeh’s Search for Reason
After dedicating much of his life to peace activism, the Palestinian philosopher has returned to his early preoccupations: philosophy and Islamic thought.
Christopher de Bellaigue
September 5, 2017
The Messy Business of Free Speech
What’s missing from Floyd Abrams’s book
The Soul of the First Amendment
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August 25, 2017
When Salvador Allende Told Us Happiness Is a Human Right
Now, for the first time, an adviser recalls a remarkable 1971 conversation with Chile’s socialist leader.
August 16, 2017
Eric Foner: White Nationalists, Neo-Confederates, and Donald Trump
The historian and author explains how racism is part of the Trump family DNA.
August 15, 2017
Why the Battle for India’s Past Is a Fight for Its Future
Seventy years after partition, India’s ruling party is using history to divide the country.
August 10, 2017
The Two Andrew Jacksons
Jacksonian democracy may have been liberating for some, but it was repressive for many others.
July 12, 2017
Martin Luther’s Revolution
The Protestant Reformation transformed not just Christianity but also our political and economic worlds.