Everybody wants to opine about a world in flux and in danger. Few, though, think with the nuance and intelligence of Paul Berman. Or have his substance and stylistic pen. He knows politics and literature, America and the larger world.
Essentially a man of the Left, Berman defies political categories. He prefers independence of thought to following the crowd or chasing after accolades. The author of unforgettable books – A Tale of Two Utopias, Power and The Idealists, The Flight of The Intellectuals and Terror and Liberalism, among others – Berman writes a regular column for Tablet, an online journal of Jewish affairs.
Here is "Terror and Oratory", Paul Berman's take on speaking about the Orlando Massacre.