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Phony Philanthropy
Change You Can’t Believe In

A new book argues that our technocratic elite have succumbed to a “new faith” that promises worldly utopia but instead perpetuates injustice. Perhaps they might take lessons from an older one.

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Retroviews
Fromm 1941 to Now

Sometimes even flawed books have their merits. Take Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom

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Soft Despotism
The Bulverizing of the American Mind

A new book by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff gives good advice but undermines its entire project in the process.

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Radical Sacrifice
The Useful Errors of Terry Eagleton

Eagleton’s diagnosis of the central problem of postmodernity is spot-on, even if his denials of his own postmodern outlook are less convincing.

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Continent in Crisis
After Union, the Deluge

In a searing new book, Ian Kearns reckons with the European Union’s many failures—and offers a disturbing prediction of its collapse.

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Contagions and Control
Plucking Out the Heart

Damon Centola’s new book offers real insights into how ideas and behaviors can spread—but its implications for social control are ominous.

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Children or Job Seekers?
The Debate over Underage Migration

Three recent books delve into the tough issues posed by underage migrants—and illuminate their oft-misunderstood reasons for coming here.

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Yellow Journalism
Only a Pawn in Their Game

Seymour Hersh’s memoir reveals not a fearless reporter but a useful idiot: a man who spent a lifetime channeling faulty intelligence in a game of intrigue he did not understand.

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At the Movies
The Bad Faith of First Reformed

For all its arthouse pretensions, Paul Schrader’s latest provides a clichéd Hollywood treatment of faith: all doubt and agony, no joy or grace.

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Life of the Mind
To Think or Not to Think?

Alan Jacobs’s latest book is a guide for thinking seriously in an age of distraction—but it falls prey to the very kind of habits which he aims to counter.

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