Neoliberalism, R.i.p.
March 12, 2007

So is neo-liberalism really dead, as David Brooks suggested in his column on Sunday? Insofar as he's referring to the very specific sensibility that grew out of the Washington Monthly and, later, the pages of this magazine, I think he's right. And, as readers of my work might guess, I don't greet its passing with the same lament that Brooks does. Like blogger Kevin Drum, whom Brooks cites as typical of a generational shift on the left, I think that neoliberalism is a relic of its era.

Lelyveld's Apartheid
March 09, 2007

Joe Lelyveld knows much about apartheid. He served as a New York Times' South Africa correspondent during the 1960s and then as the Johannesburg Bureau Chief in the 1980s, publishing the Pulitzer Prize-winning Move Your Shadow in 1985. So it made sense for the New York Review of Books to commission from him an analysis of Jimmy Carter's Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid and Jeffrey Goldberg's Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide. On the whole, Lelyveld's review is introspective, though I disagree with his conclusions.

Wrath Of Obey, Part Ii
March 09, 2007

David Obey repents for haranguing that anti-war activist--but reiterates that she didn't know what she was talking about: So many of these liberal groups don't adequately inform their members. They don't have the full story about what we're trying to do and they wind up not being able to distinguish their friend from their enemy. These people won't take yes for an answer. --Michael Crowley

Not A Book Burning
March 06, 2007

OK, it was not a book burning. It was a book bombing. "At least" 20 people were killed in the latest mass murder in Baghdad, and more than 60 wounded. The area around Mutanabi Street, where 40 students at Mustansiriya University lost their lives on February 25, is the cultural center of the Iraqi capital. Not quite like the old Sixth in Paris or Bloomsbury in London, but old, intense, and breathing the new life of freedom because there was no fear of Saddam. That's what Edward Wong and Wissam A.

March 06, 2007

You know things are getting tense among Democrats when anti-war liberals start calling Jack Murtha a sellout. --Michael Crowley

Has She No Shame? Yes, She Has No Shame
March 03, 2007

Barack Obama announced a few weeks ago that he would join (my old friend and comrade) Rep. John Lewis on the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to mark the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, when the state police beat the hell out of peaceful civil right demonstrators... and bashed the skull of Lewis, then head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Science Doorstops Worth A Look
February 26, 2007

by John McWhorter In the vein of using this blog to shine a light on authors who don't get the attention they deserve, two books on how genetic data is revising what we know about early human migrations by Stephen Oppenheimer have been major eye openers for me. The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa, from 2003, shows how data from mutations in mitochondrial DNA and the Y chromosome are now allowing us pinpoint the pathways that humankind took from Africa in often bracing detail.

New Protocols
February 26, 2007

Well, you know about The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. They are the minutes of a conference of rabbis, communists, capitalists and Zionists who contrived a plot to dominate the world. The document has fueled more than a hundred years of Jew-hatred.

Girl Interrupted
February 26, 2007

Mustansiriya University is a mostly Shia institution of higher learning in Baghdad whose main campus experienced 70 dead in a series of bombings last month. Brian Murphy's AP dispatch from Baghdad reports that its campus annex was attacked by a female suicide bomber on Sunday, killing another 41. There are two facts one can deduce from this event. The first is that the murderer was a foreigner, a woman Arab Sunni fanatic smuggled into Iraq. We know this because virtually every one of the suicidalists has come from abroad.

In Today's Web Magazine
February 26, 2007

Jeffrey Rosen takes a luxury junket to the heart of Bush's war on terrorism; reporting from Jordan, where many have fled, Anna Husarska documents the living hell of pro-U.S. Iraqis; Michael Tomasky begins a debate with Fred Siegel about Rudy Giuliani's chances; and Jonathan Chait debunks the conservative myth that Hillary Clinton is unstoppable. --Adam B. Kushner