Political educator

From First Thoughts

Over the past three decades, the French philosopher Pierre Manent has published a series of works on the destiny of the West and our modern political condition that are both profound and—atypical of Parisian intellectuals—expressed in luminous prose.

The Way of the Wicked

From the April 2006 Print Edition

The Roots of Evilby john kekescornell university press, 261 pages, $29.95 Prowling Washington’s poorer neighborhoods some years back, John Allen raped, stole, mugged, assaulted, pimped, and dealt narcotics, until a bullet in the spine, received during a botched robbery, crippled him. Confined to a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Ineducable Left

From the February 2002 Print Edition

The far left’s disgraceful response to September 11”it has temporized about terror, embraced moral equivalence between the Islamist fanatics who killed thousands of innocent Americans and the military actions of the democratically elected U.S. government, and even blamed the U.S. for . . . . Continue Reading »

Spiraling into Nothingness

From the January 1998 Print Edition

Against Liberalism By John Kekes Cornell University Press. 244 pp. $29.95 I remember a lecture a few years back, heard when I was in graduate school, that provided one of those rare flashes that illumine an entire universe. The speaker was a well-published political philosopher (and, as I was to . . . . Continue Reading »

Tocqueville’s Mirror

From the March 1996 Print Edition

Tocqueville and the Nature of Democracy By Pierre Manent Rowan & Littlefield, 148 pages, $40 To love democracy well, it is necessary to love it moderately.” So concludes French philosopher Pierre Manent in Tocqueville and the Nature of Democracy , his meditation on the thought of the . . . . Continue Reading »