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Ideology
The New-Old Fatalism

The idea of historical inevitability just won’t die. But there was nothing unavoidable about our current political crisis.

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European Futures
Fifty Shades of Czech Populism

This year’s Czech elections prove that politically disruptive populism does not line up exclusively with extreme right-wing ideologies.

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Spies and Lies
Have You Gotten Over Your Father Yet?

A new biography of John le Carré could have told us so much more than it does.

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2016 And Beyond
Condemned to Populism

The erasure of historical memory has a high price.

History Misused
The Malthusian Holocaust

Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth fails to convince in its reinterpretation of the Holocaust, and its forecast of the next one.

To Havel and Havel Not
Václav, We Never Knew Ye

Whether they like it or not, the Czechs are the nation of Havel. What they need to work out, with the help of biographies like Michael Žantovský’s, is what that means.

Understanding Our Adversaries
Why We Need Totalitarianism

Why we need a more refined concept of it, that is.

Reviews
Crazy in Velvet

Ivan Klíma’s political autobiography illuminates the surreality of Czechoslovak communism even as it fails to answer “the question”: Why the Jews?

Telephotos
The New Energy Force Field

U.S. advantages in the new era of unconventional energy are many.

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