Leon Wieseltier
Literary Editor

A Darwinist Mob Goes After a Serious Philosopher
March 08, 2013

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.

Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Israel and the Palestinians
February 15, 2013

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

Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint
Obama finally finds his doctrine
January 29, 2013

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

Education is the Work of Teachers, not Hackers
December 21, 2012

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.

Losing Hope on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
December 06, 2012

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.

Eyewitness Sandy: Reflections on a Disaster
November 16, 2012

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

Why the Taliban Shot the Schoolgirl
October 19, 2012

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

Cartoons, Videos, and the Politics of Blasphemy
October 05, 2012

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

Syria Burns on Obama's Back Burner
September 14, 2012

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

His Grief, and Ours
August 24, 2012

Paul Ryan’s nasty ideal of self-reliance.