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Why is it that here in the United States we have such difficulty even imagining a different sort of society from the one whose dysfunctions…
What I am against is false optimism: the notion either that things have to go well, or else that they tend to, or else that…
No one wants to live in a wheelchair unable to talk, only winking once for yes and twice for no. It’s perfectly reasonable that there…
Obviously a primary liberal conviction is that we should be tolerant of other peoples’ convictions. But if we believe in something, we had better find…
Nationalist, anti-European, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim public political figures, seem a worrying picture of a possible European future. We could still fall back into pre-Europe… and it…
It would be suicide in the American academy to show too early an interest beyond your doctoral specialization: charges of everything from charlatanry to ambition…
I went to live on a kibbutz, and I’d idealized the world of collective, agrarian work, where everyone was equal, everyone contributed, that all this…
I was born accidentally. I lived accidentally in London. We nearly migrated to New Zealand. So much of my life has been a product of…
I think Bush was seen as someone who was disentangling America from the connections that it had with the outside world, that it found encumbering…
I think if I’m controversial it’s not because I set out to be. It’s because I’ve never felt comfortable being part of someone else’s mainstream…
I don’t want to be the passively alert vegetable in the corner that takes in everything but can’t communicate, which I think would suck a…
American social arrangements, economic arrangements, the degree of inequality in American life, the relatively small role played by the government in American public life and…
For Europe to play a part in the world on the scale of its wealth and its population and its capacities, Europe has to be…
Popularizing – much less venturing beyond one’s secure turf – was frowned upon for many years. I think I probably internalized the prohibition, even though…
I would say that I have become more radical as I have gotten older. I started out very radical when I was young, like most…
I believe that if we think back to the period from F.D.R. through, let us say, Bush I, until the end of the Cold War,…
History can show you that it was one pile of bad stuff after another. It can also show you that there’s been tremendous progress in…
You don’t have to be Jewish to understand the history of Europe in the 20th century, but it helps.
Words can make the illness a subject I can master, and not one that one simply emotes over.
When you are in my classroom, you get everything from me. But you bloody well better give everything too.
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