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1648 and All That

What should you look for in a top-level diplomat? Brains? Yes. Discretion? Assuredly. An equable temper, or at least façade? Without doubt. (Surtout, said Talleyrand, who knew something about the ...
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The West’s Burden

I have always regarded guilt as an overrated emotion. I am not, nota bene, speaking about genuine repentance, through which one acknowledges a fault, makes what amends one can, and ...
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Professor of Contempt

With Howard Zinn, contemporary American academia found its court historian. Zinn, who died January 27 at 87, was like a gigantic echo chamber, accurately reproducing — and actively re­inforcing — ...
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Professor of Contempt

 With Howard Zinn, contemporary American academia found its court historian. Zinn, who died January 27 at 87, was like a gigantic echo chamber, accurately reproducing — and actively reinforcing — ...
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Degrees of Honor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece appears in the June 6, 2005, issue of National Review. Most colleges that grant honorary degrees would endorse the sentiment, expressed by a Cambridge University spokesman, that ...
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Death of a Liberal God

EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece appears in the March 14, 2005, issue of National Review. Attention must be paid to the attention that’s been paid to Arthur Miller, playwright, darling of the ...
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W. & Fukuyama

As a rule, differences among inaugural addresses are like genetic differences among mammals: small but telling. We share 99-point-something percent of our genes with chimps. Nevertheless, the differences between us ...
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A Sad Falling Off

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in the July 26, 2004, issue of National Review. In 1891, Henry James meditated on some of the difficulties newspapers and magazines faced in attempting to ...