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Utopian Temptation

From the March 2018 Print Edition

Why Liberalism Failedby patrick j. deneenyale, 248 pages, $30 Patrick Deneen asserts that liberalism has failed. He also asserts (in a recent article) that “the exceedingly narrow victory of Donald Trump may be understood as the last gasp of a dying conservatism that has been destroyed by American . . . . Continue Reading »

City, Empire, Church

From the February 2014 Print Edition

Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamicby pierre manentharvard, 384 pages, $39.95Today little attention is paid to the historic visions of the best form of political order, because such forms inhibit the speculative dream world in which modern Western intellectuals seem ­increasingly . . . . Continue Reading »

Sullivan’s Travels

From the October 2006 Print Edition

The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, and How to Get It Back by Andrew Sullivan. HarperCollins, 304 pages, $25.95. Andrew Sullivan’s most evident theme is that there are two kinds of conservatism struggling with each other: Sullivan’s kind and the perilous kind that is the nemesis of . . . . Continue Reading »