The trouble with ideology

by J.R. Nyquist -- The true-believing Marxist imagines that objective laws governing social change will produce a communal society in which the state withers away. According to a Soviet textbook, "Communism is more…

Beijing's brutal roots

by J.R. Nyquist -- China expert Steven Mosher has a fascinating insight into the Beijing Communists. In his book, entitled "Hegemon," he says that Chairman Mao was steeped in the classics of more…

The silence of the lambs

by J.R. Nyquist -- "Why aren't Americans more patriotic?" a Russian defector once asked me. "Because they are too busy shopping and having fun," I replied. One might ask why Americans walk more…

The Emperor's new clothes: Part 2

by J.R. Nyquist -- Everyone has probably heard the Hans Christian Andersen story of "The Emperor's New Clothes." As it happens there is a sequel to this story, which has received little more…

The state of our delusion

by J.R. Nyquist -- On Tuesday night President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union address. It was a speech worthy of another Texan, named Lyndon Johnson, who spoke of more…

Dissident voices

by J.R. Nyquist -- In his book, "After the Fall," Jeffrey C. Goldberg was struck by democratic Czechoslovakia's cult of personality. "Plastered on walls and buildings, in subway corridors, in car and more…

The tip of the iceberg?

by J.R. Nyquist -- A Russian mole has apparently been caught. Earlier this week, Robert P. Hanssen became the third FBI agent to be charged with espionage. His neighbors, quite predictably, reacted more…

Making our own reality

by J.R. Nyquist -- We've all had the experience of meeting a New Age fluff guru. He is the guy who knows how to cure cancer with "positive thinking." He is the more…

Propagandizing the masses

by J.R. Nyquist -- To propose an idea, especially a controversial idea, is not to propose one's own infallibility. We all make mistakes. We all have lapses in judgment. This is true more…

Is the new administration stupid?

by J.R. Nyquist -- In a representative democracy, the government represents the people. At least, that's the theory. But suppose the public is stupid. In that case, the Bush administration would also more…