David Bromwich

David Bromwich is editor of a selection of Edmund Burke’s speeches, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform, and co-editor of the Yale University Press edition of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty.; He writes regularly for the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and the Huffington Post.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:15am
The Importance of Being Exceptional
The origins of the phrase “American exceptionalism” are not especially obscure. The French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, observing this country in the 1830s, said that Americans seemed exceptional in valuing practical attainments almost to the exclusion of the arts and sciences. The Soviet...
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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:51am
The Voice: How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President)
Like many days, March 3rd saw the delivery of a stern opinion by President Obama. To judge by recent developments in Ukraine, he said, Russia was putting itself “on the wrong side of history.” This might seem a surprising thing for an American president to say. The fate of Soviet Communism taught many people to be wary of invoking History as if it were one’s special friend or teammate.
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Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 9:37am
America's Words of Peace and Acts of War
Is America at War with Islam? The question began to be asked when the first evidence emerged of the transfer of hundreds of innocent Muslims to Guantanamo and the despotic new order that permitted indefinite detention of suspects.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 7:51am
The Strange Bipartisanship of 2009, 2011, and 2013
On June 1, in Minneapolis, the president spoke some words to supporters that ought to have left them slack-jawed. As Devin Dwyer wrote at Jake Tapper's excellent blog, Political Punch , President Obama said last Friday that "if he wins a second term the GOP 'fever' of opposition to tax hikes for deficit reduction may break." Why would the fever break? Fever is the Republican condition.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 10:06am
Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency
Is it too soon to speak of the Bush-Obama presidency?
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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 11:44am
The Embarrassments of Empire: Washington Wonders What to Say about Arab Freedom
From Egypt to Pakistan, February 2011 will be remembered as a month unusually full of the embarrassments of empire. Americans were enthralled by a spectacle of liberty in which we felt we should somehow be playing a part. Here were popular movements toward self-government, which might once have looked to the United States as an exemplar, springing up all across North Africa and the Middle East. Why did they not look up to us now?
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