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  • Macron in Washington - 4/24/2018

    French President Emanuel Macron’s three-day visit to Washington started on an awkward note when he kissed an obviously uncomfortable President Donald Trump. The scene was a symbolic reminder that the two leaders do not enjoy an “intense, close relationship” invented by the media.

  • America's Unsustainable Empire - 4/24/2018

    Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • The Sword in the Stone - 4/23/2018

    During the closing days of the 1993 congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 300 of the nation's leading economists, including two Nobel Laureates, released a joint letter that urged the pact's immediate ratification.

  • Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising - 4/20/2018

    A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news.

  • What Happens When a Few Volunteer and the Rest Just Watch - 4/18/2018

    The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating.

  • Trump: Prisoner of the War Party? - 4/16/2018

    How long will we have to stay in the Middle East to assure the permanent hegemony of Sunni over Shiite?

  • Théâtre Syrien - 4/16/2018

    No matter how transparent or clumsily presented, false flags will achieve their immediate effect if no debate and no critical analysis are allowed.

  • Another Reason Why the Agrarians Lost - 4/16/2018

    Andrew Lytle’s “The Hind Tit” is the best essay in I’ll Take My Stand (1930), not only because it focuses on the small, independent farmer, the class the Agrarians most admired, but also because Lytle nails the volume’s primary thesis to the church door, the dilemma his region and nation faced in 1930—the choice between virtue and practicality.

  • Is Trump Standing Down in Syria? - 4/12/2018

    All over this city, and across the Middle East, there are people who wish to conscript U.S. wealth and power to advance their goals and achieve their visions. Having let them succeed so often has diminished us as a superpower from what we were at the end of the Cold War. This should stop, and the nation knows it.

  • Professor Burnham, Mafioso Costello, and Me - 4/12/2018

    Not long after the conviction of Alger Hiss, Professor James Burnham, Karl Hess, and I met in my apartment on Riverside Drive to discuss a matter that had concerned us for some time.

  • Has the War Party Hooked Trump? - 4/9/2018

    With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, "Animal Assad," ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner.

  • Inescapable Horizons - 4/9/2018

    Weighing in at more than 500 dense and provocative pages, Charles Taylor's Sources of the Self (Harvard, 1989) was clearly not intended for the general reader; at just over 100 pages.

  • Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals - 4/6/2018

    With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home.

  • The Moscow Manifesto - 4/5/2018

    Yesterday’s two panels on world affairs at this year’s Moscow Economic Forum raised issues that are well outside the permitted mainstream discourse in the West.

  • The Joke's On Us - 4/5/2018

    I did mention Elvis once in a column, and in the '90s I pointed to one Donald Trump as the TV star you'd least likely want sitting next to you at a dinner party. And yet the likelihood, back then, of ever mentioning Roseanne Barr—it just didn't compute. But these days . . .