Publications

Politics, Politics . . .

George Weigel

In these United States, that phrase “the rule of law” is often taken to be a piety in the civics…

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 1994

The Comeback Kids

George Weigel

In Poland today, ex-communists and their ex-communist allies in an ex-communist rural party enjoy a majority of seats in parliament,…

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 1994

The Imperative of Cultural Reformation

George Weigel

The Revolution of 1989 in east central Europe, and the successes and failures of democratic and market transition that have…

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 1994

Not Decadent Beyond Repair

George Weigel

In the aftermath of the Cold War and what was prematurely assumed to be the final triumph of democracy and…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

The Critique

George Weigel

The most developed expression of the East Asian critique with which I’m familiar can be found in the Spring 1994…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Social Rot

George Weigel

In Ambassador Mahbubani’s considered opinion, it is time for the West to rethink its basic notions of human freedom and…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Political Paralysis

George Weigel

The social rot of American life, as Mahbubani perceives it, has had enormous political consequences, which are intensified by the…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Back to Square One

George Weigel

Thus it is time for America to return to the philosophical drawing board. When citizens, even in suburbs, live in…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Demythologizing the Demythologizers

George Weigel

No doubt that’s true. A well-ordered society not only can be good for individual citizens; it is the prerequisite both…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Authoritarianism and Its Discontents

George Weigel

Stripped to its essentials, the claim of the Singapore School is that authoritarianism works (economically and socially), and that it…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Fragile Stability

George Weigel

The political risks of Singapore-style authoritarianism are also serious; left unaddressed, they could well jeopardize the East Asian miracle. As…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994

Pluralism and Universality

George Weigel

There are numerous other problems with Kishore Mahbubani’s account of contemporary American life. His imprisonment statistics are quite misleading; the…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1994