Sheldon S. Wolin is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton.


Reagan Country

What is the meaning of the election of Ronald Reagan? The initial reaction of most commentators was that Reagan’s victory was evidence of a “conservative tide,” a tide so strong and deep that some described it as “revolutionary,” others as a “turning point” to the “right.” The most telling evidence …

Stopping to Think

The Life of the Mind; Volume 1, Thinking; Volume 2, Willing

by Hannah Arendt
The life of the mind is, under the best of circumstances, a somewhat solitary calling, although, as these posthumous volumes attest, not so solitary as to be an exception to the rule that human things are best nurtured in friendship. Through the efforts of her friends we have the work …

Carter and the New Constitution

One sign that our society is undergoing a transformation of its identity is the way that programs and policies produce the opposite of their original intentions. Democracy is gradually undercut by programs designed to strengthen it. Social legislation is introduced with the avowed aim of improving the health and well-being …

The State of the Union

…When these prodigies Do so conjointly meet, let not men    say, “These are their reasons: they are    natural.” For, I believe, they are portentous    things…. Julius Caesar, I, iii Over the past fifteen years the American public consciousness has been witness to …

The Rise of Private Man

The Fall of Public Man

by Richard Sennett
Richard Sennett’s The Fall of Public Man is an original and courageous book; it is, also, a troubling book: shoddy in its execution, arbitrary in its methods. Practically every reviewer, including those who have praised it highly, has remarked upon its insensitivity to the ordinary conventions of grammar and literary …

Consistent Kissinger

The Arabs, Israelis, and Kissinger: A Secret History of American Diplomacy in the Middle East

by Edward R.F. Sheehan

Henry Kissinger: The Anguish of Power

by John G. Stoessinger
He shall in strangeness stand no farther off Than in a politic distance. —Othello, III, iii Henry Kissinger has been something of an enchanter, difficult to describe, impossible to interpret. Instinctively one resorts to superlatives only to discover that they are euphemisms for avoiding something. Kissinger may …