Neil Rogachevsky
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Darkest Hour
Statesmanship at the Movies

The new Winston Churchill biopic offers a marvelous illustration of the most necessary and rarest of political virtues.

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.

After Charlie Hebdo
On Terror, France Is on the Right Track

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France’s anti-incitement crackdown certainly wouldn’t pass civil liberties muster in the U.S., but it’s a mistake to make these kinds of comparisons.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. (AFP/Getty Images)
The French Model
Can the Left Govern?

After his Socialist Party took a drubbing at the polls, French President François Hollande has appointed Manuel Valls as Prime Minister, a man despised by the French “Left-of-the-Left.” His success or failure in the coming months and years will tell us a lot about the vexed question of welfare state reform in France (and perhaps elsewhere as well).

Plus ça Change—in the French Economy

This year’s Bastille Day promises to be a very sombre affair.  In a move being billed variously as a “disaster”, “bloodbath” and “earthquake”, car marker PSA Peugeot-Citröen announced on July 12 that it would be laying off 8,000 workers throughout France and stopping auto production at one of its flagship plants at Aulnay-sous-Bois, not far […]

Lessons from the French Election: Globalization Is a Killer

France gave the modern world the political idea of progress, and even today the French still ardently believe their politics must be both trailblazing and without precedent. Thus, in his successful run for the presidency, François Hollande could stake his fortunes on “changement.” He modelled France’s first get-out-the-vote “ground game” on the Obama 2008 playbook, and […]

Rent-a-Crowd Fridays in Palestine

Israeli leftists, foreign “peace activists” and the Palestinian Authority sure know how to throw a protest.

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