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Gertrude Himmelfarb

Gertrude Himmelfarb

The memoir by my husband introducing his last volume of essays in 1995, Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, opens with a typical Irving Kristol...

Declaration of interest: I am one of the many public intellectuals criticized in Richard A. Posner’s latest book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline1 Indeed,...

I entirely (well, almost entirely) agree with Terry Teachout. The election has confirmed, even dramatized, the cultural divide in our nation—a cultural divide, as he...

A funny thing happened on the way to the presidential nominations this year. We discovered not only that the candidates were not quite what we...

A passage in the Talmud reads: Rabbi Eliezer the Great said: . . . As the footsteps of the messiah approach, shamelessness will spread. . ....

“The era of big government is over,” President Clinton announced in his State of the Union address in January 1995, responding to the mandate of...

The November 1996 election and a number of other recent events have offered an opportunity for reassessment among conservatives. At issue is not only the...

Recent discussions of academic freedom have focused on one particularly egregious case of professorial racism and anti-Semitism. In class and in public lectures, Professor Leonard...

Continuing the series we inaugurated last month with James Q. Wilson’s article on crime, we here move on to the issue of education. It is now...

“No man is a hero to his valet.” The dictum is generally attributed to the Duke of Condé in the reign of Louis XIV. Hegel...

It is not often that the Supreme Court is presented with a case in which the evidence consists of such titillating remarks, allegedly made by...