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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.

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.

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?

Inequality’s Muse

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

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.

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.


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

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.

Leaving Iraq

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

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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Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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