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Articles written by Patrick Lawrence and published under the bylines “Patrick Smith” for The Nation.

The Perils of Russophobia

The Perils of Russophobia

Anyone too young to remember HUAC and the destruction the Cold War wrought should study up. We are a few short steps away from both. We are besieged, readers. As the archives of this magazine make perfectly plain, the spasm…

How American Exceptionalism Has Undermined Foreign Policy

How American Exceptionalism Has Undermined Foreign Policy

End-of-history triumphalism will get us nowhere as the new century advances. Editor’s Note: For much of the past two decades, and certainly since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, progressive foreign policy has been defined by what it is against—primarily,…