While I’m blathering on about The Atlantic, I recommend Christopher Hitchens’s review of a new edition of Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. I have not always liked Hitchens’s writing style, which sometimes has veered into too much pompous asperity for my taste. But I love his long-format book reviews like this one.
I also love the fact that he calls Karl Marx “the old bruiser of the British Museum”!
Hitchens reviews the French Revolution and Burke’s expectations of its likely outcomes, and it’s a superb read.
By the way, while on the subject of Burke: my husband said at the breakfast table last weekend that he would like to see the old Whig party reinvigorated, so that we could have some hope of something smacking of political representation. Any takers?