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Conservatism and the People Winter 2019 City Journal
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Conservatism and Populism Go Back Centuries Nov. 7, 2018 Wall Street Journal
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How Elites Got Us Into Trouble -- and Can Help Get Us Out June 2, 2017 A review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce Real Clear Politics
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How State Lawmakers Can Restore Freedom on Campus Jan. 30, 2017 Wall Street Journal
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Liberal Education and Its Betrayal Nov. 15, 2016 A Tikvah Podcast
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AP Course Standards Have Fallen Prey to Partisanship Sept. 3, 2016 Real Clear Politics
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Civics Textbook Wars: Israeli Right Strikes Back June 28, 2016 Real Clear Politics
Rauch's Case That Reform Ruined US Politics June 22, 2016 Real Clear Politics
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Israel's 'Sorrow of the Left' Mar. 24, 2016 Real Clear Politics
The Tradition of Liberal Education Is Under Assault Feb. 11, 2016 A response to "The Coddling of the Conservative Mind" by Jim Sleeper Real Clear Politics
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American Exceptionalism and the 2016 Campaign Jan. 22, 2016 Real Clear Politics
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The Long Rise of the Secular Faith Aug. 24, 2015 Mosaic Magazine
The Conservative Heart August 5, 2015 A review of The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks Defining Ideas
The Right Way Forward for Conservatism July 24, 2015 Wall Street Journal
Walzer's Paradox August 2015 A review of The Paradox of Liberation by Michael Walzer First Things
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Anti-Israel Group a Threat to Liberal Democracy June 17, 2015 Real Clear Politics
A Conversation with Peter Berkowitz June 8, 2015 Video on Conversations with Bill Kristol The Foundation for Constitutional Government
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The Demise of Due Process on Campus Dec. 26, 2014 Real Clear Politics
Lessons for Obama in a Still Relevant 1964 Text Dec. 16, 2014 A review of the 50th-anniversary edition of Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism by James Burnham Real Clear Politics
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The Poverty of Obama's Pragmatism Nov. 9, 2014 Real Clear Politics
New Republic Falls Short of the True Liberalism It Champions Oct. 13, 2014 A review of Insurrections of the Mind, edited by Franklin Foer Real Clear Politics
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Leo Strauss's Political Philosophy: Reviled But Redeemed Aug. 16, 2014 A review of Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy by Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert Real Clear Politics
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The Left's Hollow Complaints About Hobby Lobby July 12, 2014 Real Clear Politics
An Open Letter to Swarthmore's Board of Managers June 28, 2014 Real Clear Politics
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A Conservative's Case for Moderation May 14, 2014 A review of The Meaning of Conservatism by Roger Scruton Real Clear Politics
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Kibbe's Tea Party Rx Lacks Key Ingredient: Compromise May 1, 2014 A review of Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto by Matt Kibbe Real Clear Politics
Gay-Marriage Backers, Admirably Open to Dissent Apr. 23, 2014 Real Clear Politics
Peter Schuck's Rx for Big Government's Ills Mar. 25, 2014 Real Clear Politics
The Spirit of Conservative Reform Feb. 8, 2014 Real Clear Politics
A Case of Faculty Discrimination Based on Politics Feb. 8, 2014 The Wall Street Journal
Exceptionalism Doesn't Work That Way Feb. 1, 2014 A response to Peter Beinart National Journal
Debate Club Feb. 2014 A review of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin The New Criterion
Secrecy and Accountability in a Digital Age Jan. 16, 2014 Republished from The Briefing Real Clear Politics
Obamacare and the Assault on Individual Liberty Jan. 11, 2014 Real Clear Politics
Liberals' Love-Hate Relationship with the Law Dec. 2, 2013 Real Clear Politics
Church, State and Neutrality: A Helpful Guidebook Nov. 11, 2013 A review of Defending American Religious Neutrality by Andrew Koppelman Real Clear Politics
The Harm in Hate Speech Laws Fall 2013 A review of The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron The Hedgehog Review
We Need a Realistic Path to Government Reform Oct. 16, 2013 A review of The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin Real Clear Politics
Progressivism as Religion: Dworkin's Flawed Belief Oct. 6, 2013 A review of Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin Real Clear Politics
The Intransigence of Progressivism Sept. 21, 2013 Real Clear Politics
The Decalogue and Liberal Democracy June 11, 2013 Response to Leon R. Kass on The Ten Commandments Mosaic
The Flawed Case Tying Conservatism to Racism Mar. 5, 2013 Real Clear Politics
A conversation about conservatism (part 2) Feb. 10, 2013 The continuation of a Q&A about Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation Right Turn, washingtonpost.com
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Conservative Survival in a Progressive Age Dec. 12, 2012 The Wall Street Journal
Burke Between Liberty and Tradition Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013 Policy Review
The Constitution and Globalization Aug./Sept. 2012 A review of Taming Globalization: International Law, the US Constitution, and the New World Order by Julian Ku and John Yoo Policy Review
Reading into the Constitution June/July 2012 A review of Living Originalism by Jack M. Balkin Policy Review
Why Colleges Don't Teach the Federalist Papers May 7, 2012 The Wall Street Journal
How California's Colleges Indoctrinate Students Mar. 31, 2012 The Wall Street Journal
Burke's Words Should Hearten Dismayed Conservatives Feb. 25, 2012 Real Clear Politics
Gordon Wood's America Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 A review of The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon Wood Policy Review
Religion in America Oct./Nov. 2011 A review of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell Policy Review
The Myth of Conservative Purity Sept. 7, 2011 The Wall Street Journal
Clarence Thomas, Plato and 'Grand Theft Auto' July 1, 2011 The Wall Street Journal
Liberal Internationalism and Freedom June/July 2011 A review of Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order by G. John Ikenberry Policy Review
Truman, Reagan, and Bush Were Right Feb. 23, 2011 Pajamasmedia.com
Criticizing Elites, Cultivating Excellence Feb. 10, 2011 Pajamasmedia.com
What Would a Return to the Constitution Entail? Jan. 7, 2011 Pajamasmedia.com
Obama and the State of Progressivism, 2011 Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 Policy Review
The Cheshire Cat Conservative Oct./Nov. 2010 A review of Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus, edited by Linda Bridges and Roger Kimball Policy Review
The Death of Conservatism Was Greatly Exaggerated Aug. 28, 2010 The Wall Street Journal
Conservatism and the Spirit of Reform June 19, 2010 The Wall Street Journal
Why Liberal Education Matters May 15, 2010 The Wall Street Journal
The Exceptional Document Apr./May 2010 A review of The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide by Seth Lipsky Policy Review
Universal Questioner Winter 2010 Speech delivered at the May 2009 Oslo Freedom Forum Hoover Digest
Alive and Well Dec. 28, 2009 A review of Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism by George H. Nash The Weekly Standard
An Exaggerated Death Sept. 3, 2009 A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus National Review Online
Conserving Aug./Sept. 2009 A review of The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History by Patrick Allitt Policy Review
Conservatism and the University Curriculum June 13, 2009 The Wall Street Journal
God and John Rawls June/July 2009 A review of A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith by John Rawls, edited by Thomas Nagel Policy Review
His Liberal Hour May 25, 2009 A review of The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe The Weekly Standard
Pragmatism Obama Style May 4, 2009 The Weekly Standard
Constitutional Conservatism Feb./Mar. 2009 Policy Review PDF version
Conservatives Can Unite Around the Constitution Jan. 2, 2009 The Wall Street Journal
The European Left and Ours Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009 Policy Review
Towering Ivories Nov. 3, 2008 A review of Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish The Weekly Standard
Leviathan Then and Now Oct./Nov. 2008 Policy Review
Bookends: 11/9 and 9/11 Fall 2008 A review of America Between the Wars‚ From 11/9 to 9/11: The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on Terror by Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier, and The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan World Affairs
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The Persistence of Religion Spring 2008 A review of A Secular Age by Charles Taylor The Claremont Review of Books
On Toleration Mar./Apr. 2008 A review of Pernicious Tolerance: How Teaching to 'Accept Differences' Undermines Civil Society by Robert Weissberg, and Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire by Wendy Brown The American Interest
Teaching The Federalist in South Korea Feb. 29, 2008 National Review Online
What Is a University for? Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008 A review of Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman Policy Review
The Insanity of Bush Hatred Nov. 14. 2007 The Wall Street Journal
Ethics 101 Oct. 8, 2007 The Wall Street Journal
Contested Authority Sept. 15, 2007 A review of The Stillborn God by Mark Lilla The Wall Street Journal
American Creed July 15, 2007 A review of Americanism: The Fourth Great American Religion by David Gelernter The New York Post
Spinoza's Religion June/July 2007 A review of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity by Rebecca Goldstein Policy Review PDF version
The Conservative Mind May 29, 2007 The Wall Street Journal
Proudly Liberal Apr./May 2007 A review of Freedom's Power: The True Force of Liberalism by Paul Starr Policy Review PDF version
Illiberal Liberalism Apr. 2007 A review of Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New Political Debate by Ronald Dworkin First Things
Excommunication for Thee Feb. 26, 2007 The Weekly Standard
Liberal Education, Then and Now Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007 Essay based on a lecture originally titled "John Stuart Mill's Idea of a University, and Our Own," delivered at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Sept. 15, 2006, at a symposium honoring the 200th anniversary of Mill's birth and the address on liberal education he delivered there in 1867. Policy Review PDF version
Against Relativism Oct. 23, 2006 A review of Neoconservatism: Why We Need It by Douglas Murray The Weekly Standard
Partisan Freedom Oct./Nov. 2006 A review of Whose Freedom: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea by George Lakoff Policy Review PDF version
Freedom at War Sept. 18, 2006 A review of Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency by Richard A. Posner The Weekly Standard
War-Torn Democrats Aug./Sept. 2006 A review of With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty, edited by Will Marshall, and The Good Fight: Why Liberals --- and Only Liberals --- Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again by Peter Beinart Policy Review PDF version
When Liberalism Was Young Summer 2006 A review of John Stuart Mill: A Biography by Nicholas Capaldi The Claremont Review of Books
Gentlemen Revolutionaries June/July 2006 A review of Revolutionary Characters: What Made The Founders Different by Gordon S. Wood Policy Review PDF version
The Ambiguities of Rawls's Influence Mar. 2006 Vol. 4/No. 1, pp. 121-127 Perspectives on Politics
Democratizing the Constitution Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 A review of Active Liberty: Interpreting our Democratic Constitution by Stephen Breyer Policy Review
Democracy's Challenge 2005 An introduction to Democracy Dialogues, a Web site produced and maintained by the US Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs
Laws of Nations Apr./May 2005 A review of A New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Limits of International Law by Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner, and Law without Nations? Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States by Jeremy Rabkin Policy Review
Enlightenment Rightly Understood Dec. 2004/Jan. 2005 A review of The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments by Gertrude Himmelfarb Policy Review
Introduction 2004 Introduction to Varieties of Progressivism in America Hoover Institution Press
Introduction 2004 Introduction to Varieties of Conservatism in America Hoover Institution Press
Tabloid Scholarship Oct. 3, 2004 A review of Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire by Anne Norton The New York Post
Bush v. Gore Comes Back Sept. 23, 2004 p. 9 The New York Sun
Real Republicans Sept. 2, 2004 p. 16 The New York Sun
Liberalism and Power 2004 In Beyond Paradise and Power, ed. Tod Lindberg (New York: Routledge)
Lubavitchers and Liberals Aug./Sept. 2004 A review of Lubavitchers as Citizens: A Paradox of Liberal Democracy by Jan Feldman Policy Review
Bush and the Liberal Tradition Nov. 14, 2003 Upfront, p. 15 The Jerusalem Post
The Liberal Spirit in America Aug./Sept. 2003 pp. 29-47 Policy Review
The Demagoguery of Democratic Theory Winter-Spring 2003 vol. 15, nos. 1-2 Critical Review
What Hath Strauss Wrought June 2, 2003 The Weekly Standard
The Academic Liberal Dec. 16, 2002 The Weekly Standard
Reasonable Doubts Dec. 15, 2002 A review of Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Modern Philosophy by Susan Neiman, and Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy by Bernard Williams p. BW04 The Washington Post
Byron at Ground Zero Nov. 4, 2002 A review of Romantics at War: Glory and Guilt in the Age of Terrorism by George P. Fletcher pp. 31-37 The New Republic
The Pathos of the Kass Report Oct./Nov. 2002 A review of Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry, a report by the President's Council on Bioethics pp. 71-78 Policy Review
Beyond Good and Evil Aug. 18, 2002 A review of Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Rüdiger Safranski, trans. Shelley Frisch, and Zarathustra's Secret: The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche by Joachim Köhler, translated by Ronald Taylor p. BW15 The Washington Post
Fish Story June 28, 2002 The New Republic (online exclusive)
After Autonomy June 17, 2002 A review of Liberal Pluralism: The Implications of Value Pluralism for Political Theory and Practice by William Galston pp. 35-39 The Weekly Standard
In Praise of Balance May 20, 2002 A review of The Ship of State by Norma Thompson pp. 41-45 The New Republic
John Rawls and the Liberal Faith Spring 2002 pp. 60-69 The Wilson Quarterly
Jane Addams's Values Mar. 25, 2002 A review of Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy by Jean Bethke Elshtain, and The Jane Addams Reader, edited by Jean Bethke Elshtain pp. 36-38 The Weekly Standard
Giving Sophistry a Bad Name Dec. 31, 2001/Jan. 7, 2002 pp. 18-19 The Weekly Standard
Money and Love Oct. 1, 2001 A review of Economic Sentiments by Emma Rothschild pp. 41-45 The New Republic
Questioning America June 25, 2001 A review of Moral Freedom by Alan Wolfe pp. 34-37 The Weekly Standard
Virtue and Poverty Summer 2001 A review of Fighting Poverty with Virtue by Joel Schwartz pp. 116-120 The Public Interest
Complex, My Dear Holmes May 25, 2001 A review of Law without Values by Albert W. Alschuler p. 14 Times Literary Supplement
Puppy Love Mar. 8, 2001 The New Republic (online exclusive)
Ethicism Mar. 5, 2001 A review of Conflict of Interest in American Public Life by Andrew Stark pp. 40-44 The New Republic
Freedom and the Vulnerabilities of Virtue 2000 45/51, pp. 55-63 American Journal of Jurisprudence
And Lofty Flowed the Don Nov. 13, 2000 A review of The Cunning of Unreason by John Dunn pp. 42-45 The New Republic
Wooed by Freedom? Oct. 2000 A review of Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar, edited by Amy Kass and Leon Kass pp. 128-133 The Atlantic Monthly
Sensitivity Isn't Enough Sept. 7, 2000 A review of Virtue, Reason and Toleration by Glen Newey pp. 17-18 The London Review of Books
Easy Virtue August 28, 2000 A review of Sovereign Virtue by Ronald Dworkin pp. 43-45 National Review
Liberty at War with Itself? August 25, 2000 A review of In the Name of Liberalism: Illiberal Social Policy in the United States and Britain by Desmond King p. 28 The Times Literary Supplement
The Futility of Utility June 5, 2000 A review of Law and Social Norms by Eric A. Posner pp. 38-44 The New Republic
Giving Liberalism Its Due 2000 Institute of United States Studies, University of London
Hobbes and Rousseau in Israel 2000 A commentary in The Jewish Political Tradition, vol. 1, edited by Michael Walzer pp. 497-500 Yale University Press
The Principle Problem Mar. 20, 2000 A review of The Trouble with Principle by Stanley Fish pp. 27-31 The Weekly Standard
Liberalism's Discontents Feb. 21, 2000 A review of The Betrayal of Liberalism: How the Disciples of Freedom and Equality Helped Foster the Illiberal Politics of Coercion and Control, edited by Hilton Kramer and Roger Kimball pp. 33-35 The Weekly Standard
Other People's Mothers Jan. 10, 2000 A review of A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution and Cooperation by Peter Singer, and Practical Ethics (2nd edition) by Peter Singer pp. 27-37 The New Republic
Response and Restatement Dec. 1999 Symposium: Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism pp. 5-15 The Yale Journal of Ethics
Feminism vs. Multiculturalism? The Liberal Project at Odds with Itself Nov. 1, 1999 A review of Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? by Susan Moller Okin and respondents, edited by Joshua Cohen, Matthew Howard and Martha C. Nussbaum pp. 40-43 The Weekly Standard
Reduction and Betrayal Aug. 23, 1999 A review of The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory by Richard A. Posner pp. 38-45 The New Republic
The Pearl Diver June 14, 1999 A review of The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social by Hanna Fenichel Pitkin pp. 44-52 The New Republic
Mill: Virtue, Liberty and the Discipline of Individuality 1998 in Mill and the Moral Character of Liberalism, edited by Eldon Eisenach pp. 13-47 Penn State University Press
Toward a More Complex Liberalism Oct. 1998 A review of The Virtues of Liberalism by James Kloppenberg p. 25 The Boston Book Review
Fear and Thinking July 13, 1998 A review of Political Thought and Political Thinkers by Judith N. Shklar, edited by Stanley Hoffmann; and Redeeming Political Thought by Judith N. Shklar, edited by Stanley Hoffmann and Dennis F. Thompson pp. 34-39 The New Republic
Can Liberalism be Saved? June 1998 A review of Achieving our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth Century America by Richard Rorty pp. 75-78 Commentary
The Reason of Revelation May 25, 1998 A review of Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity: Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought by Leo Strauss, edited by Kenneth Hart Green pp. 31-34 The Weekly Standard
Book Review Mar. 1998 A review of Free Markets and Social Justice by Cass R. Sunstein pp. 213-214 The American Political Science Review
Book Review Mar. 1998 A review of The Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche, edited by Kathleen Higgins and Bernd Magnus pp. 340-342 The Philosophical Review
Liberalism Strikes Back Dec. 15, 1997 A review of The Era of the Individual: A Contribution to a History of Subjectivity by Alain Renaut, translated by M.B. DeBevoise and Franklin Philip pp. 32-37 The New Republic
Between Principles: Liberal Democracy and the Communitarian Challenge 1997 in Democracy: The Challenges Ahead, edited by Yossi Shain and Aharon Klieman pp. 19-29 London: MacMillan
Saving Liberalism's Soul Nov. 1997 A review of The Growth of the Liberal Soul by David Walsh pp. 47-52 First Things
The Politic Moralist Sept. 1, 1997 A review of Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau, and the Ethics of Politics by Ruth W. Grant pp. 36-40 The New Republic
Thou Shalt Not Kill June 23, 1997 A review of The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism by Regina M. Schwartz pp. 41-45 The New Republic
Beyond Pangloss Apr. 7, 1997 A review of Leibniz' Universal Jurisprudence: Justice as Charity of the Wise by Patrick Riley pp. 38-41 The New Republic
The Styles of Modern Politics Apr. 1997 A review of The Politics of Faith and the Politics of Scepticism by Michael Oakeshott pp. 38-42 First Things
Book Review Spring 1997 A review of Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity by Steven B. Smith p. 103 The Wilson Quarterly
The Debating Society Nov. 25, 1996 A review of Democracy and Disagreement by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson pp. 36-42 The New Republic
Liberalism's Virtue Fall 1996 pp. 183-191 Perspectives on Political Science
The Arrogance of Compassion Sept. 19, 1996 A review of The Politics of Meaning by Michael Lerner pp. 59-61 The Jerusalem Report
Science Fiction: Postmodernism Exposed July 1, 1996 pp. 15-16 The New Republic
The Art of Association June 24, 1996 A review of The Fragility of Freedom by Joshua Mitchell pp. 44-49 The New Republic
The Religion of Democracy Winter 1996 A review of John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism by Alan Ryan pp. 133-139 The Public Interest
Communitarian Criticisms and Liberal Lessons Fall 1995 A review of Communitarianism and Its Critics by Daniel A. Bell, Looking Backward by Derek Phillips, and Liberals and Communitarians by Stephen Mulhall and Adam Swift pp. 54-64 The Responsive Community
Friends of Liberalism Should be Grateful Sept. 1995 A review of Passions and Constraint by Stephen Holmes pp. 5-6 The Boston Book Review
Rediscovering Liberalism Mar. 1995 A review of An Intellectual History of Liberalism by Pierre Manent pp. 12, 14 The Boston Book Review
Liberal Zealotry March 1994 A review of The Anatomy of Antiliberalism by Stephen Holmes 103, pp. 1363-1382 Yale Law Journal PDF version
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