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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Heroes and Schoolteachers

Notes from the American Inferno: why educational institutions are the locus of our current cultural collapse and our best hope to be saved from it

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Three Theories of the Rise of Trump

Notes from the American Inferno: How a cultural collapse—of civility, civic education, and decorum—brought us ‘the Mussolinian con man of our own moment’

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New Year’s Predictions

Or, the philosophy of mendacity

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Extreme Diamonds: Paul Valéry and the Last Centennial of 1917

The French poet saw the coming collapse of civilization. A hundred years later, his ‘The Young Fate’ rings true anew.

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Realism and the Kurds

Bernard-Henri Lévy presents his extraordinary documentary Peshmerga at the United Nations, but civilization isn’t listening

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The Alt-Right and the Not-Quite Intellectuals

Why reporting trumps opinion

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The Charles Manson Fallacy

How extreme tolerance and existential rebellion can bring the high-minded to mistakenly embrace murderous lows

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The Mass-Murder Virus

What is the cause, and what the cure?

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One Hundred Years of Insanity

America’s greatest Marxist theoretician, Sidney Hook, identified Communism’s catastrophic cultism and the devastating splits it would cause in worldwide labor movements, and yet the Bolshevik mystique endured. Why?

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Whitman and the American Revelation

The epiphany that led to a national literature’s single greatest achievement: tucked in a prosaic, newly discovered early novel are the seeds of ‘Leaves of Grass’

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On Philip Levine, the Workingman’s Poet

Detroit, the Spanish Civil War, and the yearning for a perfect society

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Dear Antifas: A Note About Your Ancestor

Lessons from Italian-American anti-fascist Carlo Tresca, and from the Civil Rights era

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Disgrace and the Democratic Socialists of America

With a vote for BDS, one part of the left heads for oblivion

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The Summer of Love and the Wrath of Cheetah

Hippie memories of California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s bad jokes

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The Watergate Comparison

Why Trump is no Nixon, and why this political scandal is so much worse than that one

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London

On ugliness and nobility in terror

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The Genius of Literature

Bernard-Henri Lévy draws from the well of late-18th-century French philosopher Chateaubriand for a broad defense of the aesthetics and morals of liberalism

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BHL and the ‘Anti-Imperialists’ of Belgrade

Bernard-Henri Lévy attacked during a speech in the Serbian capital

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The New Normal

Someone is trying to use email to blackmail me. Nothing can be done about it.

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Fanaticism and the New York State Parole Board

The case of Judith Clark

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Russian Manipulations, Past and Present

Do Russians historically prefer Republicans to win over Democrats?

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The Dark Centennial of the Russian Revolution

What would have happened if the Mensheviks had come to power in Russia, instead of the Bolsheviks, 100 years ago? America gives us a clue.

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The Counterrevolution

At the end of 50 years of modern liberal revolution, fear of an unknown new order propels authoritarian nationalists with a disheartening message to women and other beneficiaries of social progress

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Homage to the Mexicans in the Time of Trump

The wall will go up, separating ourselves from our own past

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4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster

From Tablet’s print magazine: the late 1960s and all their Jewish rebelliousness, in an ‘energetic’ new fiction full of alternate realities

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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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