Leon Wieseltier

When Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos recently appeared, Steven Pinker took to Twitter and haughtily ruled that it was “the shoddy reasoning of a once-great thinker.” Fuck him, he explained.

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The fence along Israel's border with Syria will help to protect Israel. What could go wrong with that?

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Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint

Obama finally finds his doctrine

Barack Obama's foreign policy: "light footprint," lightweight thinking. 

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WHEN I LOOK BACK at my education, I am struck not by how much I learned but by how much I was taught. I am the progeny of teachers; I swoon over teachers. Even what I learned on my own I owed to them, because they guided me in my sense of what is significant. The only form of knowledge that can be adequately acquired without the help of a teacher, and without the humility of a student, is information, which is the lowest form of knowledge.

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LOST CAUSES are not wrong causes, unless winning is the measure of right. The historical victory of an idea reveals nothing about its merit: power has uses for fictions, and the popularity of lies is an ancient feature of human affairs.

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After Sandy, I witnessed two New Yorks: one in light, one in darkness.

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In Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the struggle for gender equality is the campaign against totalitarianism.

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The true reckoning will come when an insult to Islam is issued not in Paris and Los Angeles, but in Cairo and Lahore.

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Does the United States have a foreign policy? Of course it does. So what exactly is it?

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Paul Ryan’s nasty ideal of self-reliance.

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