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By Bread Alone?
The Poverty of Economics

Does economics have something to tell us about religion? Probably, but far less than it has to tell us about other issues.

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Oral History
Voices from the Berlin Wall

A new book by Iain McGregor offers a vivid account of daily life in divided Berlin, collecting the stories of ordinary people who lived, worked, and served on either side of Checkpoint Charlie.

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E Pluribus Unum
A Blinkered Case for Nationalism

In his new book, Rich Lowry makes a plausible case for an inclusive brand of American nationalism—but fails to see the malignancy of the version that is currently warping our politics.

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Heroes of the Fourth Turning
A Playhouse Divided, on God and Trump

Will Arbery’s off-Broadway smash offers a vivid glimpse into the world of Catholic conservatives in the Trump era—but its ending undercuts its convictions.

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Modern Hell
The Staying Power of Sartre’s No Exit

Seventy-five years after its debut, the existentialist drama speaks profoundly to our age of social media-fueled isolation.

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“Willie and Holcha” by William H. Johnson (Wikimedia Commons)
Beyond Black and White
Can Americans Unlearn Race?

In his lucid new memoir, Thomas Chatterton Williams channels Albert Camus and James Baldwin—and offers a thoughtful counterpoint to the tired racial dogmas of both Right and Left.

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Barista Bolsheviks
Contemporary Marxism: A Flag Without An Army

Jeremy Corbyn could very well be Britain’s next Prime Minister. In this context, it is worth examining what has in many ways become the ur-text for the new British Marxism: Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being, by Paul Mason.

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Rooted Cosmopolitans
The Conservative Case for Globalism

Conservative intellectuals in the Trump era have taken to lambasting free trade and international institutions. Dalibor Rohac’s In Defense of Globalism could not, therefore, have come at a more opportune time.

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Caspar David Friedrich, “The Abbey in the Oakwood” (1809-10)
Maculate Conception
The Miracle of Canticle

Sixty years on, Walter M. Miller Jr.’s post-apocalyptic novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz, offers a poignant rebuke to the political extremists of our own time.

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Spheres of Justice
Who Deserves Asylum?

Those who argue we have an immigration police state may well be right. But the alternative is an ever-larger pool of exploited labor at the bottom of U.S. society.

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