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Daniel J. Mahoney


September 01, 2011

Grim countenances

Twenty years after the “strange death of Soviet communism,” the task of coming to terms with the twentieth century’s first and most important exercise in applied ideology is still a work in progress. In its later stages, an ideological regime based on the twin pillars of violence and lies was no longer capable of renewal or anything other than feeble self-justification.

A review of Gulag Voices: An Anthology (Annals of Communism Series) by Anne Applebaum,Jane Ann Miller

April 01, 2011

Tocqueville in private

The writings of Alexis de Tocqueville are widely recognized as an indispensable resource for coming to terms with the political and spiritual condition of modern man. To be sure, some commentators continue to read him merely as the author of a travelogue, albeit one that is still remarkably relevant, rather than as the political philosopher and political sociologist that he was.

A review of Letters from America by Alexis de Tocqueville,Frederick Brown