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Karl Marx: A Man Of His Time

Book review, of Karl Marx by Jonathan Sperber. “Here is a man never more passionate than when attacking his own side, saddled with perennial money problems and still reliant on his parents for cash, constantly plotting new, world-changing ventures yet having trouble with both deadlines and personal hygiene. If the Marx described by Sperber were around in 2013, he would be a compulsive blogger, and picking Twitter fights with Andrew Sullivan and Naomi Klein” (Metered paywall) (1,278 words)

What US Jews Don’t Get About European Anti-Semitism

“This is becoming a regular task for a British Jew: reassuring our American friends that, no, we are not living in a new dark age and, no, the lights are not going out all over Europe. Such fear is fed by the claim that the British capital has become Londonistan, a sharia-ruled outpost where al Qaeda sheiks preach on every street corner”

This Sacred Text

The US Constitution is both a treasure and a curse. Any policy proposal, whatever its merits, must be proven compatible with the views of a group of 18th-century politicians whose words are revered almost as those of deities

Lithuania’s “Double Genocide”

Understandable why Lithuania would want to equate Nazi and Soviet crimes. Only so many tears to go round. But doing so leads to undervaluation of the Holocaust, and of Lithuania’s own part in it

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