Paul Berman

The Revolutions of 1989 Are Not Over

And neither is the resistance to them.

What Putin is really doing is what Mikhail Gorbachev wouldn't do.

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The True Story of America's First Black Female Slave Novelist

The woman behind 'The Bondwoman's Narrative'

The once-unidentified writer of The Bondwoman's Narrative, and a stunning story that goes from North Carolina to revolutionary Nicaragua to the free North.

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Maybe it is good, in retrospect, that Pete Seeger's early, objectionable, Soviet-line performances can still be heard. 

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Stop Hating Scrooge!

The 'Christmas Carol' curmudgeon is a forward-thinking liberal

Now that Christmas is safely behind us, and the mob atmosphere of virtue and piety has evaporated; now that, in the post-holiday doldrums, the stacks of wrapping paper have removed themselves to their ghastly translucent plastic bags and the dead trees have begun, one by one, to lie across the sidewalk, forming their final, horizontal forest, in premonition of the universal fate—now, at gloomy last, something should be said on behalf of Christmas's eternal victim, the ever-persecuted Scrooge, who, for all his failings, got one large thing right.

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This past Monday The New York Times ran a front-page story by Javier C. Hernández called "Possible Mayor Now, But Then a Young Leftist," about your activist years in the 1980s and early '90s. The story does seem to have caused a stir, and this is partly because of the dread word "socialist."

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Should children study violin—or rather, be forced to study violin? Or forced to study ballet? Mark Oppenheimer published a piece in The New Republic the other day asking this question in the urgent manner of a dad fretting over his daughter’s education.

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After hearing the news that Eydie Gormé died on Saturday, I found myself wondering, not for the first time, how it is that certain female pop singers, whose singing appears not to be sexy, are sexy.

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The Algerian Chronicles of Albert Camus reveal the callous simplicity of conventional anti-colonialist dogma.

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MICHAEL IGNATIEFF: "For all the talk about futility and perversity in interventions, it is well to remember that not all of them have failed." 

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