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George Packer

The New Yorker's Dreck Problem

Lynn Messina | Posted 03.22.2015 | Media
Lynn Messina

The New Yorker called my writing dreck. It did not level the slight directly at me but lobbed it wholesale at the self-publishing community of which I'm a member.

PACKER: GOP As Extreme As Ever, Just Learned How To 'Muffle' It

The New Yorker | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

In the two decades between 1968 and 1988, Democratic candidates lost the Presidency five times out of six. This miserable run forced the Party to move...

Where Henry Kissinger's Dark Wisdom Blinds Him

Jim Sleeper | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

I hope that Americans will consider these blind spots, along with Kissinger's occasional indulgences of cold-blooded brutality, before over-praising his troves of wisdom and occasional elegance.

Some Thoughts for This Year's World Economic Forum

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

While America's regenerative capacity has thus far allowed it to offset underperforming governance, hoping or trusting that it'll do so indefinitely doesn't seem like a smart bet. Nor will avowing its exceptionalism address its systemic challenges.

"Unwinding": The Power and Limitations of Story

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

Many people seem to have lost confidence in the structures that previously gave meaning to and provided the organizing principles for social life, whether civic, educational or religious, political, legal or moral, and which communicated core values from one generation to another.

The Rebirth of George Packer, The Unwinding of David Brooks

Jim Sleeper | Posted 09.02.2013 | Media
Jim Sleeper

David Brooks' own political ideology has failed him time after time, he has fled to social science in fruitless, often embarrassing forays, and, when those failed, into preachy invocations of Edmund Burke and Reinhold Niebuhr.

Books for Our Times: The Unwinding, by George Packer

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Carla Seaquist

In The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, what George Packer has gifted us with is a vital X-ray of the body politic, the nervous system of the demos

The Most Influential Of Our Political Era?

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321


Obama, Holbrooke and The Dispensable Nation

Scott Malcomson | Posted 06.18.2013 | Books
Scott Malcomson

Foreign policy writing is not meant to be passionate. Perhaps for just that reason, in foreign affairs big personalities can look even bigger, and passion is spoken of in code phrases like "political will." Richard Holbrooke was one of those big personalities.

A Politics Outside Washington Unites a Generation

Rachel Signer | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York
Rachel Signer

When people complain to me that Occupy Wall Street never got anything done, or that the General Assembly was a messy cacophony of voices, I want to ask in return, "And what about Congress?"

'New Yorker' Blasts George Bush Book

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are hardly any decision points at all. The path to each decision is so short and irresistible, more like an electric pulse than like a weighing ...

WikiLeaks and the Cult of Secrets

Daniel Denvir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Denvir

Julian Assange thought exposing secrets would bring the whole rotten edifice down. But when it comes to the American people, the most sinister lies actually hide in plain sight.

Rethinking Peter Beinart's Israel Article

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

An impressive group of thinkers gathered on Tuesday night at the 92nd St. Y to debate the topic of "Has the American Jewish Establishment Failed Young Jews?"

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Politics is ugly, always has been but the framers invented a government that would embody all the messy contradictions without threatening the collapse of the system.

Seymour Hersh, the Afghanistan War WikiLeaks, and Getting the Real Story

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

One of the best investigative journalists who has been reporting on America's wars is Seymour Hersh. Hersh has been ahead of the pack -- revealing ...

Memorial Day: Flying The American Flag Is Not an Obnoxious Statement

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cari Shane

How could an American symbol, more iconic than cowboys and apple pie, more American than even the American Bald Eagle, Mount Rushmore or the Monument, have been abducted by a particular brand of politics?

Home Is Where The Crisis Is

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The stimulus package is the mirror image of the administration's response to the housing crisis, which has been a political success but a policy failure.

Facebook, Twitter and the Social Web: Sharing But Not Caring

Rob Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rob Fishman

Simpler privacy settings on Facebook, filters on Twitter and the so-called suburbanization of the web might make us more open and social. Or they might make us more closed.

UPDATED: Top Authors, and Editor, in NYT Book Review Ethics Dispute

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

What's unusual about Mark Danner's letter to the Times concerning the review of his current book is that the Times publishes it this coming Sunday at full 1400-word length.

What Can And Ought To Be Done To Rebuild Haiti: George Packer

New Yorker | George Packer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The night after the earthquake, Haitians who had lost their homes, or who feared that their houses might collapse, slept outdoors, in the streets and ...

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Dillon Bring Attention To Iraqi Refugees | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There's still a week before inauguration, and already celebrities are trickling into town, some for related do-gooder events. Sarah Jessica Parker and...

Barack: Talk To Us Like Grownups About Terrorism and Save Us From Ourselves

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

When we let shock or panic or a lust for vengeance guide us, we are a greater danger to ourselves than terrorists ever could be. Any terrorists. With any weapon.

Bill Kristol "Ambivalent" About Staying At New York Times

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media's Jeff Bercovici spoke to Bill Kristol at a luncheon Tuesday to promote IFC's The IFC Media Project (video of the luncheon to come short...


Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Chalupa

I hate to say this, because President-Elect Obama is setting the example for us to be nice and dignified and stop all the political/cultural warfare t...

New Yorker Fest Campaign Trail: Nouns Are Not Enough

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I attended the "Campaign Trail" panel at last weekend's New Yorker festival, with Rick Hertzberg, George Packer and Ryan Lizza, moderated by Dorothy W...