The Cold War: Postrevisionism  

The term “cold war” has long referred to American-Soviet relations since the Second World War, but beyond that there has been little consistency in its usage, even on how to set it in type. When capitalized, “the Cold War” usually …









Stumbling Along with Carter  

The word fans out over the media from Washington and suddenly an impression, crystallized in a few phrases, is perceived as an established condition. It cannot be traced back to particular events or a single source, and sometimes it seems …



Casing the Country  

America in Our Time, by Godfrey Hodgson. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. 564 pp. Godfrey Hodgson is an Englishman who first came to the United States as a graduate student in 1955, served as a Washington correspondent of the London Observer …



Oil, the Marines, and Prof. Tucker  

The lead article in the January Commentary, prominent on the cover, was “Oil: The Issue of American Intervention,” by Robert W. Tucker.* It argues a case for the armed seizure by the U.S. of the Arabian coastline bordering the Persian …



Watergate: Symptom of What Sickness?  

By now Watergate stands not merely for the illegal and unethical acts of a President and his men but for the intensifying response of Congress, party leaders, and the public. The crisis has illuminated so many areas of American government …



The Rhythm of Democratic Politics  

Democratic societies with universal suffrage and competing political parties experience a cyclical alternation of periods dominated by protest from the Left and retrenchment by the Right. The notion that politics conform to such cyclical periodicity is scarcely a new one: …



George Lichtheim 1912-1973  

I first became aware of George Lichtheim’s powerful and distinctive gifts in 1953 and 1954 when he wrote under the name of “G. L. Arnold,” although I had read him under his real name in Commentary on Middle Eastern and …



How Important Is Social Class?  

The Debate Among American Sociologists The old question of why there has been no socialism in the United States has often been answered by referring to the racial, ethnic, and religious divisions within the ranks of labor— which are the …