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Culture & Civilization

“God protect us from the enemy without and the Hungarians within.” There’s something amusing about hearing Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atom bomb, talk...

Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss Muslim celebrity academic and British government adviser who teaches at Oxford, is complaining again of his exclusion from the United States,...

Scott Johnson at Powerline has a great post commemorating George Washington's actual birthday—today, February 22nd. Johnson mentions especially the famous correspondence between Washington and Moses...

We'd like to welcome to contentions as a guest blogger David Pryce-Jones, senior editor at National Review. David has written about systems of belief from...

Maurice Papon has just died at the age of ninety-six, but his name will always stand for France’s moral collapse in 1940, and that country’s...

I’ve been catching up with the scholarly literature on Aaron Copland published since I last wrote about him for COMMENTARY. So far three full-length books...

Dinesh D’Souza’s execrable new book, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, has gotten the trashing it deserves in various...

Don't fret too much if you missed Sunday night's debut of The 1/2 Hour News Hour. The program—Fox News Channel's answer to The Daily Show...

Eric Hobsbawm was given three pages to write a cover piece about the Spanish Civil War for the review section of Saturday’s Guardian. He produced...

There is perhaps nothing more likely to give you a healthy skepticism about utopian politics than to know that your father was executed by the...

Sabbatai Zevi, the 17th-century "false messiah," remains one of the most enigmatic and seductive figures in the whole of Jewish tradition. He has had no...

Tadeusz Borowski, short-story writer, poet, and kapo in Auschwitz, took his own life at the age of 29. He left behind him one of the...