Leon Wieseltier

Steven Pinker:In his commentary on my essay “Science is Not your Enemy,” Leon Wieseltier writes, “It is not for science to say whether science belongs in morality and politics and art.”  I reply: It is not for Leon Wieseltier to say where science belongs.

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Comrades, we have lost. The only achievement of the Obama administration in the Syrian crisis so far has been to eliminate the humanitarian motive from American foreign policy. We have lost. After Syria, the argument about rescue and responsibility, about the uses of American power, will have to begin again. For Assad’s gassing of children has been a dazzling career move. His most recent, and most brazen, use of chemical weapons has not imperiled him. Quite the contrary. The dead of Ghouta have saved him.

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Crimes Against Humanities

Now science wants to invade the liberal arts. Don't let it happen.

Science goes where it doesn’t belong.

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"What I Saw Was a High, Gorgeous Pile of Figs"

Obama, Moustaki, and me

The futility of one’s thoughts is no reason not to think them. The truest protest is the involuntary kind, when outrage cannot be suppressed, and the failure of one’s arguments transforms them into obsessions, and one becomes tedious, almost gleefully so, in one’s criticisms and complaints. History disobeys even statesmen and saints, and eventually you wind up making speeches in your head. The other day I was making such a speech about the diminishment of America in the world.

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A Cop Out in the Shape of a Cruise Missile

We must do something in Syria

The trouble with complexity in Syria

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'Its Name Is Fascism'

The supporters of Egypt's military aren't liberals

Cairo is no longer the capital of Arab hope. It is now the capital of Arab despair. Or so it deserves to be, except that despair does not appear to be the dominant Arab response, and more importantly, the dominant Egyptian response, to the violent destruction of the Egyptian revolution by the Egyptian army. This is the Eighteenth Brumaire of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The army has now committed three massacres. Emergency rule has been declared.

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Oprah Lied at Harvard

Some of us are just plain average. And that's OK.

Oprah's privileged optimism does not change the fact the failure exists.

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Kibbitzing with Leon Wieseltier on scientism, threats to the humanities, and the highbrow/lowbrow wars.

An irregular video-interview series with New Republic Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier 

History's first cool coup is a disaster for liberalism in Egypt.

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