The speech that will be remembered from the ceremony for the late U.S. Senator John McCain will not be Obama’s
The late senator embodied the classical republican virtue of aristocracy, yet he was not above the barbarous opportunism that brought us Sarah Palin, and her political heirs
The ‘Shoah’ filmmaker, who died last week at age 92, would not look away
What does Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s rise to the presidency mean for global liberal democracies?
What her victory over Joseph Crowley in this week’s Democratic congressional primary portends
Gorbachev dismantled his country’s empire. He was either visionary or crazy. Is Donald Trump now doing the same to America’s global hegemony? If so, why?
On the late writer’s evolution from secular psychological realist to seeker of the nation’s holy heart
The writer Henry Roth’s English was sometimes difficult. A school examination in Germany asked young people to understand it—and the lost shades of the Yiddish that preceded it.
The 19th of April Student Movement, with its political antecedents in converso history, looks to bring down the last incarnation of Daniel Ortega’s Sandinistas
A court decision in France finally ends one of the most dispiriting controversies in modern intellectual history. Or does it?
Notes from the American Inferno: a beguiling hate-monger peddles the old-time racism not of America, but of Europe
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
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’
Or, the philosophy of mendacity
The French poet saw the coming collapse of civilization. A hundred years later, his ‘The Young Fate’ rings true anew.
Bernard-Henri Lévy presents his extraordinary documentary Peshmerga at the United Nations, but civilization isn’t listening
Why reporting trumps opinion
How extreme tolerance and existential rebellion can bring the high-minded to mistakenly embrace murderous lows
What is the cause, and what the cure?
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?
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’
Detroit, the Spanish Civil War, and the yearning for a perfect society
Lessons from Italian-American anti-fascist Carlo Tresca, and from the Civil Rights era
With a vote for BDS, one part of the left heads for oblivion
Hippie memories of California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s bad jokes
Why Trump is no Nixon, and why this political scandal is so much worse than that one
On ugliness and nobility in terror
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
Bernard-Henri Lévy attacked during a speech in the Serbian capital
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