One month in the desert kingdom isn’t enough time to learn its complexities. Even forty years might not do it.
Notes from the Edge
William Perry’s new memoir aims to sound the alarm about a rebirth of the nuclear threat. But his book lacks the sensationalism that might have attracted a wider audience.
The long-time world chess champion coaches the West on its game against Putin, but his advice lacks nuance and a thorough grounding in history.
A Preacher Without a Congregation
Marilynne Robinson’s latest, The Givenness of Things, is a fine collection of essays. But her political project is unlikely to succeed.
A Flawed But Important Take on Immigration
Immigration Outside the Law By Hiroshi Motomura Oxford University Press, 2014, 360 pp., $29.95Hiroshi Motomura, professor of law at UCLA, has written the most thoughtfully and honestly argued brief for a liberal immigration regime in the United States that one is likely to find. Exploring the implications of the Supreme Court’s landmark 1982 decision in […]
Defecting from Religious Enclaves
There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.
Nudge, or Shove?
Cass Sunstein’s ‘libertarian paternalism’ doesn’t just sound oxymoronic; it actually is. Liberalism deserves more forthright advocacy.
Iraq and Ruin
Two recent books by Iraqis on their country’s lost opportunities for democracy are themselves lost in wishful thinking.