“The Abbey in the Oakwood” (Abtei im Eichwald) by Caspar David Friedrich (1810)
Modern German Romanticism
A Ruinous Obsession

How a nation that loved ruins was itself reduced to rubble—and in its own ashes discovered new, impossible ideals.

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Herder vs. Fichte
Nationalism Is Not (Always) The Enemy of Liberalism

In the 19th century, nationalists were the standard-bearers of liberalism—democratic, forward-looking, progressive. This is no longer the case. 

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Juggernaut
India’s Pollution Problem—And Ours

India’s growth can zero out all the world’s environmental measures.

Ukraine's Paramilitaries
The Outlaws

I left the hotel in Odessa just as the sun setting. Well-dressed citizens were wandering under the chestnuts of Pushkin Avenue in a picture of post-communist affluence, as life-weary teenagers smoked weed under the statue of the city’s modern founder, the Duke de Richelieu. Everywhere you looked, in every vista, the blue and yellow Ukrainian […]

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A Tragedy in Four Acts
A Game of Brexit

What the loss of Theresa May’s Chief of Staff means for the Brexit negotiations.

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Moral Panics
Fear and Loathing of Donald Trump

Reactions to Trump show that elites are also susceptible to collective moods.

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Endgame in Syria?
A Sad Metaphor

Ambassador Samantha Power’s outburst against Russia at the UN aptly symbolizes the decay of the American-led global order.

Europe's Future
The Man Who Disliked Saints

Hailed as a prophet and reviled as a racist, Jean Raspail novelized Europe’s immigration crisis—forty years before it happened.

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the migrant crisis
The Widening Gyre

Europe’s migration crisis is not over. It is spreading.

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after paris
The End of the Fifth Republic?

When the terrorists once again struck France on November 13, the country has shown a different, more authoritarian side than in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo outrage.

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