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Thoughts on reading Jonathan Israel: On the origins of the French Revolution

Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Jonathan Israel comes out swinging in his recent work, Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the ‘Rights of Man’ to Robespierre… 548 more words

French Revolution

The Great Cat Massacre: History and Comedy

Sadistic violence against innocent cats? A symbolic gesture of class resistance? The funniest thing that ever happened in 1730s Paris – or even all three? In this article our Deputy Editor… 1,239 more words

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Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo, Molière, and Carl Jung: where does a fearless – heedless – sense of vocation originate?

Still finding it hard to put the Charlie Hebdo victims out of mind, to get work done – because so many of them look like writer, journalist and artist friends of… 1,216 more words

Culture After Gutenberg

GORDON CROVITZ: Defending Satire to the Death

Wall Street Journal: Moderate Muslims are most in need of a robust defense of free speech, especially if it offends.

‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” wrote biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall, summing up the view of her subject, Voltaire. 70 more words