Arts & Letters

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Make America Small Again

Yuval Levin suggests a return to subsidiarity can cure our fractured republic.

Michael Hogue

Our Don Quixote, Ourselves

Cervantes’ masterpiece captures the modern human condition in all of its layers and ambiguities.


The Federalists’ Revenge

Not all the Founders were for limited government.

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There’s No Cure for Vice

Today’s newest antiheroes don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are: terrible people.

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Mid-Century Modern

What do a series of radical re-imaginings of American classics by European directors say about our relationship to our own history?

Michael Hogue

Don’t Blame Me, I’m Just the Viceroy

Why do Zalmay Khalilzad and others in the foreign-policy establishment refuse to question America’s role in the world?

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Humiliation and Reconciliation

What medieval penance can tell us about making modern-day amends.

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Can a Moral Minority Survive?

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Neoconservatives and the New Left created a metaphor that has run its course.

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