International Affairs

Remembering the Revolution

The primary impact of the Revolution of 1989 was felt, of course, in east central Europe. But that remarkable series of events also changed our lives, in the West, in

Getting It

The non-celebration of the West’s victory in the Cold War, coupled with the ideological shock that many Western academics and journalists felt when a system they considered merely an alternative

The Comeback Kids

In Poland today, ex-communists and their ex-communist allies in an ex-communist rural party enjoy a majority of seats in parliament, to which they were duly elected by a population that

The Imperative of Cultural Reformation

The Revolution of 1989 in east central Europe, and the successes and failures of democratic and market transition that have taken place in the region in the five intervening years,

Back to Square One

Thus it is time for America to return to the philosophical drawing board. When citizens, even in suburbs, live in “little fortresses and leave their homes at night with some

Demythologizing the Demythologizers

No doubt that’s true. A well-ordered society not only can be good for individual citizens; it is the prerequisite both to a civilized public life and to the kind of

Authoritarianism and Its Discontents

Stripped to its essentials, the claim of the Singapore School is that authoritarianism works (economically and socially), and that it works because it better coheres with human nature than does

Fragile Stability

The political risks of Singapore-style authoritarianism are also serious; left unaddressed, they could well jeopardize the East Asian miracle. As Jones observes, authoritarians “almost by definition” cannot provide a satisfactory

Pluralism and Universality

There are numerous other problems with Kishore Mahbubani’s account of contemporary American life. His imprisonment statistics are quite misleading; the rise in incarceration over the past fifteen years has far

Wirth’s Law, Havel’s Woodshed

Like others before me, I have been known to complain from time to time about the circularity of the standard-brand debate over morality-and-foreign-policy. “Realists” typically argue that foreign affairs are

Those Who Rule Us

David Ignatius, the assistant managing editor of the Washington Post, recently tried to answer a question about the Clinton administration that has been on many minds over the past year:

Beyond Yalta

A new, reconstructed NATO, open to all the states of the former Soviet bloc that met the criteria defined above, would also put an end to the Yalta mentality, which

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