Leon Wieseltier

The Inconvenience of History

Obama abandons another country to its fate

Obama is abandoning Ukraine to its fate. Just as he has with so many others.

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The Emptiness of Data Journalism

Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns

Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns

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We must mentally arm ourselves against a reality about which we only recently disarmed ourselves: the reality of protracted conflict.

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After the recovery of missing Holocaust art from Munich, the papers have been full of breathless stories about the art's value. Is somebody missing the point?

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The Smallness of Barack Obama: Diminishment, Drift, and Sighful Contemplation

A Chinese dissident shows us how to dream big

Obama's defeatist State of the Union should have taken its cues from the words of an inspiring Chinese dissident.

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The post-American world is here: behold it and weep.

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Who needs Abu Mazen to speak for the Palestinians when you can have an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego? 

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Montecito is an impossibly lovely and privileged town between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea, just east of Santa Barbara. The place shows no signs of strain of any kind. A handsome old mission church is all that disrupts the eternal present of the materially fortunate. The beauty almost eclipses the money. But for an hour or so it did, as I perched on a large rock facing the ocean and was thoroughly saturated in the noontime light. In the distance oil platforms, like ghost ships, rudely marred the pristinity of the marine expanse.

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The grim morality of our realpolitik stance on Syria

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For thirty years it was my custom at editorial meetings to begin my report on the next week’s issue with the words: “We have Kauffmann.” The last time I did so, I had a tear in my eye.

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