Paul Berman writes about politics and literature for various magazines. He is the author of A Tale of Two Utopias, Terror and Liberalism, Power and the Idealists, and The Flight of the Intellectuals.
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Anti-Russia

Liberty and servitude in the new philo-czarist age

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In Praise of Nat Hentoff

The influential ‘Voice’ critic died Saturday at age 91. His bohemian fearlessness became a popular culture.

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Specters of the Skyline

Peering into, and through, the ghostly new Brooklyn

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Donald Trump Is No Andrew Jackson, and Other Errors of Stephen Bannon

The Jacksonian political movement was an enemy of swindler capitalism that enfranchised the lower class, welcomed immigrants, grew into the enduring Democratic Party, and revolutionized the United States as a democracy instead of an aristocracy

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Cuban Solidarity and the Death of the Tyrant

How Fidel Castro’s libertarian exiles found unlikely allies through the Yiddish press

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The Election and the Over-Soul

Mystic emanations, and a path forward, in democracy’s wake

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The Devil and Paul Ryan

America’s soul, and his own, at stake

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Edward Snowden: Very Little Brother

Fear the digitally-skillful bullies who happen to disagree with you. They represent the tyranny of the weak.

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The Great Male Hope

The presidential debate pitted an outdated, ‘tough-guy’ version of masculinity against the modern era, which is upon us anyway

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Epidemics of Insanity: Euripides, Mao, and Qutb

How virulent contagions of political fanaticism spread across the globe—or, what the Muslim Brotherhood and its descendants share with The Little Red Book

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Why the French Ban the Veil

The secular republic debates how best to contain and suppress the Islamist movement

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The Mystery of Trump, Partially Explained

Reaping the withered crop from journalism’s long drought

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The Grandeur of Hillary Clinton: Untrustworthiness and Social Progress

Why the Democratic presidential nominee’s steadfast nonideological wonkiness is less about her, and more about us

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Thick-Sprinkled Bunting: Our Flag and Its Poet

What Walt Whitman can tell us about our democracy

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Terror and Oratory

What is the right thing to say?

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Bernie and Hillary: Why Not Join Forces?

A ghostly lesson from the Socialist past for Sanders and the Democratic party

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Darío and the Jews

The great Nicaraguan poet’s fascination with ‘the mysterious people of the Semitic race’

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The Prophet and Trump

The unfathomable harbinger of doomsday? Or just a political blip?

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Walt Whitman’s New Health Treatise

A scholar discovers a hidden text by the great American author of ‘Song of Myself.’ But can the celebrated democrat survive the politics of 21st-century academia?

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Socialism and Tsuris in Miami

During Wednesday’s democratic debate, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was given the chance to explain his version of socialism, but he missed the mark

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Desperation and Opportunism

A letter from the GOP’s ‘national security leaders,’ which gently excoriated Donald Trump, shows that dark developments are here

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Bernie, Hillary, and the Black Vote

Bernie Sanders may be a protest candidate in 2016, but Hillary Clinton—and Bill before her—has cultivated black support for decades. It’s paying off.

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Bernie Sanders Channels the Global Youth Rebellions of 2011-12

How the Vermont Senator stumbled on a wave of angry and aspirational young people and became the ideal political leader for the post-Occupy Wall Street generation

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The Gods of Civil Rights

A modest proposal for A. Philip Randolph and the architecture of New York

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Three Great Speeches of 2015

A foreign policy for 2016

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Trump and the Joys of Hatred

Explaining the nihilist candidate’s brutish appeal

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The Death of Glucksmann

Remembering the French intellectual, a man of influential ideas

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A Hudson River Eclogue

What’s better than ‘a few days in an American October’?

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Bernie and the Socialist Virtues

What Sanders’ Harringtonian eloquence brings to the American left

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