Many who have heard Reagan's words have not really listened to them. They have taken away vague impressions of his rhetoric and have not fully understood the meaning and significance of what he actually said.
Contrary to the belief of many in this age of radical presentism, much of what is in the past profoundly influences the present.
What we might learn from Thucydides today does not relate only to worries about the rise of China in its new role as Athens. The main lesson comes from Thucydides as an Athenian who reflects on his own city. Graham Allison and American policy makers need to be as self-reflective about America as they are about the rise of China.
It was an effective myth system that allowed the national security state to operate smoothly in the United States. This was not a “noble lie” on anyone’s part; it wasn’t a lie at all, let alone some grand, “deep state” conspiracy.
It is an understatement to say that the American intervention in Iraq in 2003 will have broad and decisive implications for how the administration of former President George W. Bush will be evaluated by historians.
A revolt against the dual tradition of Christian and humanistic self-discipline, and the substitution of a new basis of morality, lies at the heart of the breakdown of internationalism.
Sixteen hundred years ago, St. Augustine warned against the inherent idolatry of empire. To assign to one’s earthly nation the mission that by right belongs only to the Kingdom of Christ is to be guilty of the worst of disordered loves.
How can people of ostensibly sound mind tender their support for the longest-running dictatorship in the world?
Reflection on the Old Testament diplomatic traditions could provide the starting point for a return to a more sober foreign policy.
The respective governments, in Budapest and Bucharest, may sign many friendship treaties: still they will not be friends, allies, cousins.
When and why did I begin to bristle under the rigid codes of belief and behavior imposed by American politics, academics, and culture?
The mainstay of the Turkish modernizatio...
It is upon small-scale values and practices—not the abstractions of cosmopolitanism or “global thinking”—that the literal survival of the world depends.