Illiberal Liberalism

This book review of Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate by Ronald Dworkin originally appeared in First Things.

April 1, 2007 at 8:00 am

The Right Stuff

This essay originally appeared on The Politico.

Polls indicate that Rudy Giuliani — the thrice-married, twice-divorced, pro-choice and civil-union-supporting former New York City mayor — has become the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. In key states, Giuliani is polling even with or ahead of likely Democratic challengers. Meanwhile, commentators, particularly on the left, are forecasting with increasing confidence the coming of a conservative crackup. (more…)

March 27, 2007 at 8:00 am

A Reply to Dinesh D’Souza

Read the entire symposium, “The Enemy D’Souza Knows,” at NRO.

In Excommunication for Thee…, I gave reasons for agreeing with Boston College professor Alan Wolfe, who, writing in the Sunday New York Times Book Review, concluded that Dinesh D’Souza’s The Enemy at Home was a deeply flawed and incendiary book. At the same time, I defended D’Souza against Wolfe’s call for conservatives to excommunicate him. (more…)

March 16, 2007 at 8:00 am

Excommunication: A Response to Alan Wolfe

Read this essay online only at The New Republic.

March 6, 2007 at 8:00 am

Excommunication for Thee…

This essay originally appeared in The Weekly Standard.

Alan Wolfe is a distinguished public intellectual. He is professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is a longtime contributing editor to the New Republic. He is a frequent contributor to the Sunday New York Times Book Review. And over the course of many years, he has earned a reputation for overcoming political cant and scholarly rigidities to write penetratingly for the public about American political ideas and institutions. (more…)

February 26, 2007 at 8:00 am

Oy Vey!

This essay originally appeared in The Weekly Standard.

Herzliya Pituach, Israel
Last Wednesday night, beleaguered Prime Minister Ehud Olmert delivered the dinner speech that capped the seventh annual Herzliya Conference on Israel’s security. (more…)

February 5, 2007 at 8:00 am

New Media and Old

This book review originally appeared in Policy Review. 

Mark Halperin and John F. Harris.  The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008Random House. 454 pages. $26.95

The pre-election message, pronounced separately by a trio of distinguished professors but reflecting broader anxieties among Democratic Party activists and media elites, was grim. (more…)

February 1, 2007 at 8:00 am

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