Arts & Letters

Robert Kagan’s Jungle Book of Forever War

Not satisfied with Vietnam, Iraq, and our current Afghanistan policy failures, this neoconservative pines for the liberal world order.

Pornography and the Definition of Power

The reflections of a Korean-German philosopher can help us understand how we’re easily deceived by false freedom.

Hubert Humphrey: Neocon Before the Neocons

His career encapsulated the warfare-welfare state consensus.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of December 10

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The Decade That Made Us Who We Are

The 1990s were both perverted and predictive. Yet somehow today they’ve never felt more alien.

Andy Warhol: High Culture’s Surrender to Celebrity

A new exhibit unintentionally reminds us of his pathological insincerity—most of it financially activated.

Widows is a Dirge More Than a Caper

The brilliance of its components is utterly absent from the finished product.

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