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The World Monogamy Made

I’ll start by sharing a few impressions I developed since coming to the United States in the 1980s. Of the people I interacted with in New York City, I liked…

New York Stock Exchange

Fatal Capital

While we are stilling dealing with the global fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unimaginable suffering visited on hundreds of millions around the world, we keep receiving news that…

Donald Trump Caricature

Donald Trump Leaves Washington

In 2004, the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Walter A. McDougall published Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History 1585-1828 to explain the exceptional rise of the United States as…

The Racist Culture of Capitalism

I finally found the time to read Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be an Antiracist, published last year to enormous critical and cultural acclaim. It is very hard to overstate…

US Flag Backlit by the Sun

Anton’s Manifesto: Whither America?

As Americans and the world await the outcome of the unfolding elections crisis, I continue to grow more despondent about the glaring absence of any meaningful conversation about the political…

The Promise of a Post-Trumpian Consensus

The Trump phenomenon has generated an endless number of strong emotions and responses reflecting the deeply polarized state of our politics and worldviews, but one thing it hasn’t done is…

Anouar with the waiter Mohamed in Cafe Smara, April 2018

Second Chance in Tangier

Very often, I go through life in a state of semi-consciousness, easily forgetting important dates, what I eat at special dinners, the names of people, or even what they look…

Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo, Anthony van Dyck (1624)

Dangerous Liaisons

As we sit huddled in our homes, insulated behind our walls from the threats lurking outside, I wonder whether we have reached another milestone in our own self-inflicted dehumanization. Like…

Gilets Jaunes Acte-XIV

The Deplorables’ Manifesto

In 2016, the year Britons, eager to reclaim their sovereignty, voted to exit from the European Union and Donald Trump was ushered into the American presidency against all odds, the…

The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1511)

The Peril of Democracy Without Aristocrats

When I first read an essay by Anthony Kronman excerpted from his new book The Assault on American Excellence in the Wall Street Journal, I immediately drafted a letter to the editor to point out …