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Wat in the World

Aleksander Wat’s life and work stand as warning that the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century have yet to run their course.

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The Religious Fate of Secular Liberation

Michael Walzer struggles to explain the failure of secular liberation movements to overcome the religious cultures of the liberated.

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Reading Coates, Thinking Obama

Ta-Nehisi Coates has managed to write a book on America’s racial dilemmas without involving either Barack Obama or Martin Luther King, Jr. Or has he?

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Inequality’s Muse

Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt, famous for his best-selling 2005 book On Bullshit, takes on inequality.

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Consider the Apple

Novelist Julian Barnes gets it right in his new book of essays: the best way to see a painting is to look, and keep looking.

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Should America Power Down?

Ian Bremmer argues that America should tender its resignation as the world’s superpower. But becoming Clark Kent, permanently, is not sound strategy.

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Euromess

The architects of the Eurozone privileged aspirational politics over economic realities. Reality is now playing trump.

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The Suck, in So Many Words

War literature clambers over just a few tried and true thematic paths that date all the way back to Homer. But we still like it.

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Leaving Iraq

Dueling memoirs, one by Chris Hill and the other by Emma Sky, illuminate the Iraqi darkness when read together.

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The Fragile Eggs of Haruki Murakami

The source of the Japanese novelist’s allure for young people is also his failing—he’s only interested in what’s personal, not political.

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WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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