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Norman Birnbaum

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Norman Birnbaum
Norman Birnbaum

Norman Birnbaum (born 1926) is a New Yorker educated at Williams College and Harvard. He has taught sociology at the London School of Economics,...

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Norman Podhoretz in Black and White


Norman Birnbaum, the noted sociologist and thinker, analyzes two worthy new books, by Thomas L. Jeffers and Benjamin Balint, on the longtime editor of Commentary and the magazine he shaped.

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What Is the Point of All This Spying?

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Walter Kendall Myers, a former Foreign Service officer, has been sent to prison for life for espionage on behalf of Cuba. Did he knew anything at all that could remotely be termed “secret”?

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Reflections on the ‘Godfather’ of Neoconservatism

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AP / The Weekly Standard

It is puzzling that obituary notices of Irving Kristol obviously intended to be positive designate him the “Godfather” of neoconservatism. Likening this group of thinkers and writers to a gang of Mafiosi may or may not be accurate; it is certainly not flattering.

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Norman Birnbaum on Susan Sontag

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The publication of Sontag’s early diaries provides a revelatory look at the self-inventions of the late writer.

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 READ MORE
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Norman Birnbaum
Norman Birnbaum

Norman Birnbaum (born 1926) is a New Yorker educated at Williams College and Harvard. He has taught sociology at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of Strasbourg and Amherst College, and is University Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Law Center.He is a member of the editorial board of The Nation and publishes frequently in the American and European press. He is chair for the Scholarly Advisory Board, International Institute for Peace (Vienna).

Birnbaum is a founding editor of the New Left Review, and is a member of the editorial board of The Nation. He advises parties, unions and political groups on both sides of the Atlantic. His most recent book is “After Progress: American Social Reform and European Socialism in the Twentieth Century”; he is currently writing a memoir.

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