In his recent book, Mattias Desmet takes on a new totalitarianism not enforced by jackbooted thugs, but dull bureaucrats imposing consensus
Today’s refugees face a new pressure to narrativize and commodify their experience
The case of forced desegregation in Little Rock
How personal judgment—essential to a diverse democratic public sphere—gets subsumed by our clichéd attempts to join the crowd
In her new book, ‘The Lion’s Den,’ Susie Linfield examines the historical antecedents to the left’s Jewish problem
The latest entry in a Tablet feature analyzing the state of the American left, inspired by Paul Berman’s series of essays on the subject. Here, a ‘Dissent’ editor asks, ‘patriotism, what’s it good for?’
An excerpt from the forthcoming graphic novel ‘The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt’ examines the early life of one of the 20th century’s most influential philosophers
Chris Weitz’s new ‘Operation Finale’ elegantly escapes turning into another dreary film that’s too embalmed in reverence to deal with real emotions
‘Rooted Cosmpolitans’ traces how the fight over human rights remains a struggle over Jewish identity and destiny
Why there should be a run on the philosopher’s books, on what would have been his 109th birthday today
How ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ led the thinkers into a principled disagreement over Zionism and universalism that ultimately broke their quarter-century bond
Rokhl’s Golden City: In the off-days of Sukkot: not going to shul, going out with observant friends to hear an all-female klezmer band, and visiting Eichmann at a museum
Do only psychopaths commit horrible mass crimes, or are we all more responsible than we are willing to admit? Two new histories of the Nazi war machine examine their leaders—and their soldiers.
What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?
A conversation with the former dissident and public intellectual, about the ‘Polish mentality,’ anti-Semitism, and ‘wearing Jewish glasses’
Jürgen Habermas recalls philosophers and sociologists of Jewish background as returnees in the early Federal Republic Of Germany
Philosopher Bettina Stangneth’s brilliant, newly translated study of the origins of evil shows why radicals like ISIS act like Nazis
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