Magazine November 11, 2013, Issue

Making Republics

Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic, by Pierre Manent (Harvard, 376 pp., $39.95)

Pierre Manent is today the leading political philosopher in France. As a young scholar and teacher, while working in Paris as an assistant to Raymond Aron, he read with attention and care the works of Leo Strauss, befriended Allan Bloom (whose book Love and Friendship he would later translate into French), and helped found and for twelve years co-edited the distinguished French journal Commentaire. In time, he became director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where he still holds court.

Early in his career, during the Cold War, Manent followed Aron’s lead and concerned himself with

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Games with Orson

Almost halfway through Ender’s Game, the 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, a pair of siblings try to manipulate global opinion by posting polemics “on the nets” — Card’s ...
Politics & Policy

Entitled

In his recent address at the U.N., President Obama referred to Ali Khamenei, the head ayatollah in Iran. Each time, he referred to him as “the Supreme Leader.” He did ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Lesser God

Despite the impressive bulk of this new book about the author of The Catcher in the Rye and several of the past century’s most enduring short stories, there is an ...
Politics & Policy

Making Republics

Pierre Manent is today the leading political philosopher in France. As a young scholar and teacher, while working in Paris as an assistant to Raymond Aron, he read with attention ...
Politics & Policy

Film: Miles Above

I am in the minority among film critics in coming away a little disappointed from the movies of Alfonso Cuarón. Before his new one, Gravity, the Mexican-born director made only ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Poetry

PRAYER Tenderness does not arise from the beauty and motion of the dark clouds, of the rain, or its passing, or the air, purged in a breeze, slight but apparent, drifting from the direction of the ...
Happy Warrior

Sex at Sunset

To Western eyes, contemporary Japan has a kind of earnest childlike wackiness, all karaoke machines and manga cartoons and nuttily sadistic game shows. But, to us demography bores, it’s a ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

NR on the Prairie Yesterday, my wife, a fan since childhood of the Little House on the Prairie series, visited the home of its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in rural Mansfield ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ “You misheard us. We said we were going to cover tens of people.” ‐ The budget shutdown marked a turning point in intra-Republican politics. Heretofore the leaders in both rancor ...
Politics & Policy

System Failure

The rolling fiasco that is the launch of the health-insurance “exchanges” — the government-run online marketplaces at the heart of the Affordable Care Act — is something the Obama administration ...
Athwart

Born Under a Bad Site

To fix the problems of the Obamacare website, the administration has promised a “tech surge.” We’re supposed to think of the surge strategy employed by President Bush to push back ...
The Long View

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