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Spengler's Ominous Prophecy

An interbellum German intellectual's work is a powerful warning to Americans about the perils of our interventionist foreign-policy trajectory.

Castro and the Caudillo

Francoism in Spain did not survive its namesake. Cuba’s brand of communism is likely to suffer a similar fate.

Popper's Return Engagement

Karl Popper, the champion of the open society, still speaks to the struggle between tolerance and repression in an era of globalization and in our post-September 11 world.

Il Caso Silone

Leftist intellectual, communist apostate and fascist spy? Shoddy scholarship has obscured the legacy of Ignazio Silone, the political lightning rod of 20th-century Italian literati.

Totalitarianism: Have We Seen the Last of It?

Was totalitarianism an aberration of mid-century now safely behind us, or has it merely changed its stripes?

Power Failure: American Policy in the Caspian

Whereas in Central Europe Washington barely acknowledges Russian sensibilities, in Central Asia and the Caucasus it indulges them to excess.


Isolating Iran

America needs all the help it can get on Iran—which means making up with Brazil and Turkey.

Books & Reviews

The Fallacy of Human Freedom

Faith in progress and the perfectibility of human nature are at the center of Western thought. What if this faith is misplaced?

Of Skulls and Buttocks

Europeans came to believe everything beautiful emanated from the Caucasus. The journey of their swarthy Mediterranean forebears was transformed into a caricature of the white marble statues they left behind.

Return of the "Commie-Nazis"

Fascism did not die with Hitler and Mussolini in World War II. As recent events show, understanding what fascism means in the 21st century is a lesson worth learning. 

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April 19, 2014