Mark Lilla

The Truth About Our Libertarian Age
Why the dogma of democracy doesn't always make the world better
June 17, 2014

Why the dogma of democracy doesn't always make the world better

From the Stacks: “The Prophet”
June 18, 2007
July 29, 2013

French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville would have been 208 today. In his honor, we present Mark Lilla's 2007 essay on Tocqueville's life and legacy.

India Knows How to React to a Horrific Crime: With Angry Protests
December 20, 2012

How come we're not marching in the streets after Newtown?

Blame it on the Reformation
September 14, 2012

A new book on the post-Reformation West is more fable than history.

Reading Strauss in Beijing
December 17, 2010

A few years ago, when I was still teaching at the University of Chicago, I had my first Chinese graduate students, a couple of earnest Beijingers who had come to the Committee on Social Thought hoping to bump into the ghost of Leo Strauss, the German-Jewish political philosopher who established his career at the university. Given the mute deference they were accustomed to giving their professors, it was hard to make out just what these young men were looking for, in Chicago or Strauss. They attended courses and worked diligently, but otherwise kept to themselves.

The Pleasures of Reaction
February 27, 2008

They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons By Jacob Heilbrunn (Doubleday, 320 pp., $26) Can I get a show of hands?