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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

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

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

Against Relativism

This book review originally appeared in The Weekly Standard.

Neoconservatism: Why We Need It by Douglas Murray, Encounter, 200 pp., $25.95

Never much admired in the academy, in literary circles, or among fashionable journalists since its emergence in the 1960s and ’70s, neoconservatism in the post-9/11 world has, particularly in polite society, come into especially ill repute. (more…)

October 23, 2006 at 8:00 am

Partisan Freedom

This review of Whose Freedom: The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea by George Lakoff originally appeared in Policy Review.

October 1, 2006 at 8:00 am

Freedom at War

This book review originally appeared in The Weekly Standard.

Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency by Richard A. Posner, Oxford, 208 pp., $18.95

In late June, Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times breathlessly reported on the front page, above the fold and under a big headline, that in the just-announced case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court “shredded each of the administration’s arguments.” (more…)

September 18, 2006 at 8:00 am

War-Torn Democrats

This book review originally appeared in Policy Review.

Will Marshall, editor.  With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending LibertyRowman and Littlefield. 252 pages. $19.95

Peter Beinart.  The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great AgainHarperCollins. 288 pages. $25.95

In 1907, in tribute to Secretary of State Elihu Root, President Theodore Roosevelt observed that a public official “must feel that he is the servant of the people. (more…)

August 1, 2006 at 8:00 am

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