George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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A Better Concept of Freedom

From the March 2002 Print Edition

On October 31, 1958, Isaiah Berlin gave his inaugural lecture as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford. Entitled “Two Concepts of Liberty,” it was, according to Michael Ignatieff, Berlin’s authorized biographer, “the most influential lecture he ever delivered.” . . . . Continue Reading »

Pope 007?

From the January 1997 Print Edition

”His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time By Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi Doubleday, 582 pages, $27.50 On October 21, 1978, five days after the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II, the “liberal” Polish Communist journal Polityka opined . . . . Continue Reading »

God, Man, and H. L. Mencken

From the May 1995 Print Edition

Mencken: A Life . By Fred Hobson.Random House. 650 pp. $35. H. L. Mencken, My Life as Author and Editor. Edited with an introduction by Jonathan Yardley. Knopf. 450 pp. $30. H. L. Mencken, Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work . Edited by Fred Hobson, vincent Fitzpatrick, and Bradford Jacobs. Johns . . . . Continue Reading »