Book Reviews Articles

Not a Hatchet Job: Review of Ronald Suny’s “Stalin: Passage to Revolution”

Stalin by Ronald Grigor Suny is not a hatchet-job on Stalin like many other works by liberal scholars. Based on documents in Soviet archives made available after the Soviet collapse, this is a surprisingly even-handed account of the Soviet leader's pre-Russian...

Towards 2042: Review of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Others have made the point that America has a caste system, but no one has made it as effectively as Isabel Wilkerson. By a close comparison between the US caste system and those of India and Nazi Germany and weaving the evidence from decades of sociological...

Ideas, Even the Most Foolish, Have Consequences

Is the radical right pure hate and all emotion? Well, they may start from that, but humans that they are, some of them try to rationalize their hates and fears into theories that, though detached from reality, literally provide the ammunition that enables their...

Rise, decline, and fall of the Liberal Order

John Ikenberry’s 'A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order' In the evolution of liberal democracy since the late eighteenth century, its values and institutions been entangled with capitalism, empire, hegemony, and racism....