Quote of the Day

Few of today’s intellectuals would risk a sentence like this one: “The links between Jugend and culture, or more specifically between it and die Moderne, are too obvious to require comment.” They would fear being inaccessible, if not outrageously elitist. Yet it’s clear [Eric] Hobsbawm believes there is a body of knowledge that is the …

Quote of the Day

The name of my Defining Ideas column is “The Libertarian.” The title of my recent book on constitutional law is “The Classical Liberal Constitution.” Clearly, I consider myself a proponent of limited government. So does Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has moved the term “libertarian” to the fore of our national political debates. In …

The Epistemically Closed President

I have no doubt that Barack Obama is a smart man--you have to be pretty smart to get elected president of the United States twice--but he doesn't travel much outside his own intellectual comfort zone, and it shows in his thinking. Part of this has to do with the nature of the presidency itself; it …