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What strikes the historian surveying anti-Semitism worldwide over more than two millennia is its fundamental irrationality. It seems to make no sense, any more than…
The United States is a concept that works very well, even in bad times. But that’s no reason to think its structure can be superimposed…
The only thing to be said for air travel is speed. It makes possible travel on a scale unimaginable before our present age. Between the…
The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil…
Mr. Obama would be a disheartening president even during a super boom, with his grim demeanor and empty rhetoric, as well as his obvious hatred…
It would be wrong to say I enjoy having rows, because that would be un-Christian. If people attack me, then I respond, or if they…
Indeed, the study of universities and the great men and women who have attended them leads me to think that the best of these schools…
In the long term, it is desirable that the human race, faced with the prospect of extinction on Earth, should prepare an escape route for…
In the past, the U.S. has shown its capacity to reinvent its gifts for leadership. During the 1970s, in the aftermath of the Nixon abdication…
In all its myriad manifestations, the language of anti-Semitism through the ages is a dictionary of non-sequiturs and antonyms, a thesaurus of illogic and inconsistency.
I very much wanted to live in Paris when I was in the army, and I was quite determined to. I could have become a…
Germany’s Angela Merkel exudes an atmosphere of elderly exhaustion and pooped-out pessimism. Britain’s David Cameron, though by nature exuberant, feels he has to look and…
Margaret Thatcher had more impact on the world than any woman ruler since Catherine the Great of Russia. Not only did she turn around –…
I don’t write huge books any more. I used to write 1,000 printed pages, but now I write short books. I did one on Napoleon,…
Indeed it is the protean ability of Western civilization to be self-critical and self-correcting – not only in producing wealth but over the whole range…
At some time in their careers, most good historians itch to write a history of the world, endeavor to discover what makes humanity the most…
The most evil person I ever met was a toss-up between Pablo Picasso and the publisher-crook Robert Maxwell.
Long periods of recession, which tend to be self-perpetuating, are usually ended by war, or by preparations for it.
I like that lady – Sarah Palin. She’s great. I like the cut of her jib.
I very much wanted to be editor of the ‘New Statesman!’ But I never wanted to be prime minister, except maybe as a little boy.
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