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The Strongmen Straw Man
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The Strongmen Straw Man

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
by Anne Applebaum
Doubleday
224 pp., $25.00

Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
by Ruth Ben-Ghiat
W. W. Norton & Company
384 pp., $28.95

For some among the chattering classes, the electoral defeat

Hungarian Rhapsody
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Hungarian Rhapsody

I have come to see myself as a morale officer for the Deplorables. When a fellow conservative writer recently asked what I hoped to accomplish by writing about ideas the left would either ignore or demonize, I said my hope

Jihad Undefeated
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Jihad Undefeated

Events are the building blocks of history. Narrative historians, starting with Thucydides, have focused on what they regarded as significant occurrences in order to present and evaluate the past.
 
The import of some events can be recognized by astute observers

Dynastic Nostalgia
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Dynastic Nostalgia

The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War
by Luke A. Nichter
Yale University Press
544 pp., $37.50

Even before the Kennedys took center stage in American mythology, Americans have had their share of

What We Are Reading: September 2021
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What We Are Reading: September 2021

Northwestern Europe’s early development owes much to the Carolingian dynasty, which led Germanic society into Christendom from the dead end of paganism. It set the stage for the lush flowering of knightly culture, with its ideals of chivalry, courtesy, and

The Political Utility of Tragedy
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The Political Utility of Tragedy

The morning of Sept. 11, 2001 was unusually beautiful in Brooklyn, fresh and cloudless after the previous day’s thunderstorms, with temperatures in the mid-60s. It was Primary Day, and around a quarter to nine my wife had set out for

The Cancel Culture Zoo
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The Cancel Culture Zoo

Just when we thought cancel culture couldn’t possibly get sillier, new heights of inanity were achieved in March when Dr. Seuss Enterprises removed six of that author’s best known titles from its active publishing list upon recommendations from a “panel

Trump’s Short Recession
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Trump’s Short Recession

Donald Trump has a better track record of avoiding economic downturn than any Republican president since the GOP was founded in 1854. “A trough in monthly economic activity occurred in the US economy in April 2020,” a National Bureau of

The Madness of Mike Lindell
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The Madness of Mike Lindell

Mike Lindell is furious with me.

The Minnesota marketing genius, who pulled himself out of drug addiction and became a millionaire by selling pillows, is pointing a shaking finger at where I’m sitting in the gallery above the stage of