Isaiah Berlin

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If Trump were to get his way and the EU were to fall apart, we would have to grovel before him in a way that would make the pimping out of the British royals look dignified. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Diplomacy is sometimes just a polite word for shaking hands with the devil. Its practitioners need strong stomachs and a poor sense of smell. Ireland,(...)

Author Philip Roth, at home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in January 2018. Photograph: Philip Montgomery/The New York Times

With the death of Richard Wilbur in October, Philip Roth became the longest-serving member in the literature department of the American Academy of Art(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “We need to take real care about long-term spending decisions.”

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has hinted he may refrain from tax cuts and consider increasing taxes to dampen price and wage pressures in the I(...)

Paschal Donohoe correctly warned of the dangers of political dogma. Photograph: The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe, our surprisingly bookish Minister for Finance, was busy fiercely channelling his inner Emmanuel Macron this week. Like the French pre(...)

Author Jim Collins: “I am at my core a teacher . . . I never started a firm, a big consulting firm, or a training firm, and I keep my own schedule really tightly limited.”

Jim Collins is telling the story of his grandfather, role model and namesake Jimmy Collins, “a truly heroic figure” who was a test pilot in the 1930s (...)

We believe freedom and democracy are inseparable. This belief forms the basis of attempts by western governments to export their political model to countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Above, a US Marine watches as a statue of Saddam is toppled in central Baghdad. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

In February 1917, a young boy was reading a Russian translation of a Jules Verne novel in a street in the city of St Petersburg (at the time called Pe(...)

Some of the Elgin Marbles, which Greece wants back. Photograph: Getty

With his impeccable manners and scholar’s demeanour, James Cuno doesn’t come across as a man likely to generate extreme reactions. But in the fraught (...)

 Historian  Roy Foster and actress Fiona Shaw at the National Library for a Yeats celebration. Foster spent 18 years researching his WB Yeats biography. Photograph: Alan Betson

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Patricia Lynch’s The Grey Goose of Kilnevin. What was your favourite book as a child?(...)

Was Martin Luther King right that white people in a position of supremacy can only be free if black people are free? Photograph: AP Photo/File

Freedom is almost certainly the primary political value of our time. It is invoked as the justification for innumerable causes, its two syllabl(...)

Machiavelli: was strongly anti-Christian and advocated murder as an instrument of policy.

At an event in Boston earlier this year, the renowned scholar Edward Muir identified the correspondence of Niccolò Machiavelli’s on December 10th, 151(...)

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