The Longer Way

This essay originally appeared in Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys, ed. Mary Eberstadt (Simon and Schuster, 2007).


February 1, 2007 at 8:00 am

Liberal Education, Then and Now

This essay originally appeared in Policy Review. 

This essay is based on a lecture originally titled “John Stuart Mill’s Idea of a University, and Our Own,” delivered at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Sept. 15, 2006, at a symposium honoring the 200th anniversary of Mill’s birth and the address on liberal education he delivered there in 1867. (more…)

December 1, 2006 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

The Case Against Compromise

This book review originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

It is fairly certain that a book titled The Party of Death is not calculated to bridge differences, find common ground or in any other way still the controversy that has roiled American politics for more than 30 years.  (more…)

June 1, 2006 at 8:00 am

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