Paul Berman is Tablet's critic-at-large. 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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Porgy and Bess

How George Gershwin’s stipulation that his opera, currently at the Met, be performed by an all-black cast, plays in the America of then and now

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Virgil and the Homeless Nations

A Jewish observation

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Elizabeth Warren in Washington Square

At last night’s rally, reviving the spirit of Frances Perkins

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Was B. Traven Jewish?

The mystery of the author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains unresolved

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Is the U.S. Constitution Pro-Slavery?

Sean Wilentz says it’s complicated

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Should We Love Our Country?

Fourth of July ruminations on the nation-state and the state of the nation

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Anarchism and the Multicultural Joys of New York

Third in a series on the anarchists and the Jews, conjuring the vibrant souls from the days when anarchism was an authentic current of the American labor movement, and the left wasn’t blindly anti-Israel

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Crackup and Transformation of the Jewish Left

Second in a series on the anarchists and the Jews, civil war in the garment center

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: The Ancient Dream of the Jewish Left

First in a series on the anarchists and the Jews: two uniquely Jewish contributions to American life and the global struggle for worker’s rights

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The Tears of Quasimodo

Victor Hugo and the ideals of progress

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An Enemy of the People

Finkielkraut, attacked (and defended)

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Class Struggle and the Dreamlife of Trump National

Indignant solidarity for my fellow golf-club workers

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Two Kinds of Hatred in the Age of Trump

The trap of pleasurable loathing

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Paul Berman Addresses His Critics on ‘the Left’

The author offers a final word to the responses generated by his essays on the future of the left, and brings Tablet’s series to a close

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The Philosophers and the American Left

Third in a series on the American left: a tale of buried treasure

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The Foreign Policy of the American Left

Second in a series on the American left: Michael Walzer and Bernie Sanders

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The Left and the Jews: A Tale of Three Countries

First in a series on the American left: Will left-wing anti-Zionists and anti-Semites in America succeed in hollowing out the traditional liberal left in the United States, as they have in Britain and France?

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The Kristallnacht Election

Eighty years after that dark night in Europe, America’s midterms were a contest to see how much of the country could be mobilized on a basis of hysteria and mass loathing

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Robert Bowers Isn’t Alone

We attribute isolation to the alleged perpetrator of the Pittsburgh massacre because we want to be reassured. But he is afloat on an ocean of hate.

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Tablet Welcomes Jules Feiffer

Announcing a new column of brilliant, exquisite ink lines from legendary illustrator Jules Feiffer

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A Farewell Wave to ‘The Village Voice’

And a flashback to ‘The Masses’ of 1912, with special artwork by ‘Voice’ alum Jules Feiffer

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The Hero’s Funeral and the Orators

The speech that will be remembered from the ceremony for the late U.S. Senator John McCain will not be Obama’s

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McCain and the Roman Precedent

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

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Homage to Lanzmann

The ‘Shoah’ filmmaker, who died last week at age 92, would not look away

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The Mexican Election and the Hinge of History

What does Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s rise to the presidency mean for global liberal democracies?

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Promise of the Bronx

What her victory over Joseph Crowley in this week’s Democratic congressional primary portends

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G7 and the End of Days

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?

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God and America and Philip Roth

On the late writer’s evolution from secular psychological realist to seeker of the nation’s holy heart

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The German Students and the Murdered Language

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.

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The Nicaraguan Rebellion and its Jews and Indians

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

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