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Norman Birnbaum

Norman Birnbaum

With certain issues raised by the presidential elections—but also with a broader context—in mind, COMMENTARY recently addressed the following questions to a group of American...

What characterizes masters of social thought? Surely it is not alone, or even primarily, the quality of justness in their perceptions, the capacity to be...

History & Metahistory The Concept of Ideology and Other Essays. by George Lichtheim. Random House. 327 pp. $5.95. George Lichtheim, a contributing editor of this journal, is familiar to...

In his book on the German Peasants’ War, Friedrich Engels observed that in a religious epoch, even revolutionary ideas have to be expressed in a...

IT IS EASY enough to find something plau- sible to say about Western Germany; what is hard is to say something convincing. I have been...

Ideology and actuality are everywhere in conflict, but no-where in Western Europe is that conflict so strenuously denied as in Britain. The mechanism of denial...

All travelers’ reports ought to be taken with skepticism, those of returned native travelers even more so. Last summer, after an absence of five years,...

From Catholicism to Marxism The Worker Priests Trans, by John Petrie Routledge, Kegan Paul (distributed by Macmillan). 220 pp. $5.00.   No matter involving the Church has so shaken...

The World Congress of Sociology, which met late in August of this year in Amsterdam, if it did nothing else, may have shocked some of...