Buildings are, after all, judged not just by how they look but by how they are used.
July 4, 2015
Would it not be easier / in that case / for the government to dissolve the people / and elect another?
April 29, 2015
Occasionally news crews would insinuate themselves into the crowds and pretend to understand what was happening. “I’m hearing lots of cries for freedom and justice here, not rioting” one newscaster said, authoritatively, while someone next to him continually interrupted: “This is about racism, not rioting. Say the word. This is about state-sponsored murder! Say it!”
March 9, 2015
I want to say that this issue of our magazine feels to me like a real event—one of our deepest efforts to be equal to our time.
Unionization had been rare in the industry because it cultivated “an aura of gentility which leads to self-deception.”
What is the way of life implied by our contemporary standing revolution?
Spend time among the Chinese intelligentsia today and you’ll hear many frank expressions of nostalgia for the 1980s. “Our Eighties are like your Sixties,” someone inevitably will say—in other words, the moment when the possibility of tremendous political transformation flared up only to be extinguished, sending shocks of longing through the dark years that followed.
November 17, 2011
Everything we make for our wants and want to make is labor.
October 5, 2011
When the decision was made, with a forest of stiff arms and high hands, to occupy City Hall, the hands began to twinkle.
July 11, 2011
Veterans are not the only ones suffering flashbacks. In a way, it is a national condition.
The crack-up of the country’s wealthiest, most populous state has been long in the making.
August 9, 2010
Tony Judt began as an intellectual historian; he will be remembered by many as a bracing critic of Zionism, a vigorous proponent of European-style social democracy, and–tragically–a victim of ALS. I have heard many describe as “moving” his snatches of memoir, published over the last year of his life. This is true–but what may have been even more moving was the extent to which he devoted his last days to making the case for the welfare state.