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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 …

A Damning Audit of Education

When I picked up my son from the airport on a cold December night, one of the first questions I asked him was about his courses in the private liberal…

Still-Life with a Skull, Philippe de Champaigne (1671)

Corpus americanus

Barbara Ehrenreich, the celebrated activist writer (not sure what title suits her best), has unleashed a sobering critique of American society and its obsession with perfect bodies, wellness, and the…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

My Vanishing America

I was raised in the distant lands of Morocco, on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, a waterway—I was solemnly told by my elders—that was opened for maritime…