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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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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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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