Acting Alone  

Unilateralism is a weak name for the foreign policy sketched in “The National Security Strategy of the United States of America”-a document released by the White House in September 2002 and discussed inadequately in the press. The strong name for …



On Privacy  

What has struck many observers by now is the failure of the ordinary system of legal checks to assist the country in a time of constitutional crisis. The failure has several dimensions: the arrogance of the courts, which stripped a …





Romantics and Revolutionaries  

The Romantics: England in a Revolutionary Age by E.P. Thompson The New Press, 1997 225 pp. $25 This posthumous collection of essays and reviews by E.P. Thompson makes a companion to the last book he completed, Witness against the Beast—a …





The Strangeness of Free Speech  

To pursue a steady commitment to freedom of speech is a difficult choice. It entails a suppression of the desire to silence or somehow restrict the opinions of people with whom you disagree, a decision to allow their speech in …



Finding the Right Words  

In all the discussion of sending the children of welfare mothers to orphanages, it seems to have escaped attention that an immoral use of the English language is involved. An orphan has never meant anything but a child whose parents …





A Passion for Politics  

Allard Lowenstein was a liberal insurgent at the heart of the civil rights protests and the antiwar protests of the sixties. His gift was for organizing and speaking, and he had command of the great ability a reformer needs—of turning …



Remembering Irving Howe  

I met Irving Howe in 1970; I had written a review of a book about campus radicals and sent it unsolicited to Dissent; a few days later a postcard came back that was not a rejection, not a formal letter …



Values of Liberalism  

One of the great British scholars of the twentieth century, R. G. Collingwood is chiefly remembered today as the author of three books: The Idea of History, The Idea of Nature, and The Principles of Art. All are remarkable works …



David Bromwich Replies  

I do not take the main issue to be “the canon.” The word itself is misleading as well as solemn, and I used article was something different: the relation of individual thought to the reading of good books. I still …