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"What a perfect time, then, for the reissue of Joshua Muravchik’s superb “Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism.” - Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal

Joshua Muravchik

About Joshua Muravchik

Joshua Muravchik has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as “maybe the most cogent and careful of the neoconservative writers on foreign policy.” He has published eleven books and more than four hundred articles on politics, history, and international affairs, appearing in, among others, theNew York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal,USA Today, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times Magazine, Commentary, Current History, the New Republic, and the Weekly Standard.

BOOKS

Joshua Muravchik

Making David into Goliath

Joshua Muravchik

Liberal Oasis: The Truth About Israel 

Joshua Muravchik

The Imperative of American Leadership:

A Challenge to Neo-Isolationism 

Joshua Muravchik

Heaven on Earth:

The Rise and Fall of Socialism 

Joshua Muravchik

Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America's Destiny 

Joshua Muravchik

The future of the United Nations: 

Understanding the Past to Chart a War Forward 

Joshua Muravchik

Trailblazers of the Arab Spring: Voice of Democracy in the Middle East

Joshua Muravchik

The Uncertain Crusade: Jimmy Carter and the Dilemmas of Human Rights Policy 

Joshua Muravchik

Covering the Intifada: How the Media Reported on the Palestinian Uprising 

Radio / Podcasts / TV

Joshua Maravchik on Socialism's Resurgence in American Politics / C-SPAN, May 24, 2019

Print News Coverage

Why Won't Socialism Die?

-The Editors, Real Clear Books, May 2019-

"Almost every one saw himself as larger than life, as engaging with the world or with history in a momentous way. These were not people who were out merely to have a career, even a big career. Some were extreme narcissists, for example, Owen and Mussolini..."

ARTICLES

“Socialism Fails Every Time”

Wall Street Journal, April 2019

"Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders has become a favorite of young voters by posing as an apostle of daring new ideas. Socialism, however, is anything but new. It’s hard to think of another idea that has been tried and failed as many times in as many ways or at a steeper price in human suffering."

“Not So Jewish; Not for Peace”

Commentary, April 2019

“So what is Jewish Voice for Peace? Contrary to allusions in the press, it is neither liberal nor dovish. Rather it is a collection of mostly Jewish ideologues of the radical left who realize that their lineage affords special leverage in attacking Israel, which is a defining target of contemporary leftism.”

“How Socialism Broke Venezuela”

Commentary, March 2019

“Communism in its various national guises, as well as African socialism, Arab socialism, and others consigned scores of countries in the 20th century to tyranny and impoverishment. That lesson seemed to have been widely absorbed. But then Chavismo brought it all back.”

“Up From the Grave”

Weekly Standard, November 12, 2018.

“Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib, like Harrington before them, are no doubt sincere in imagining a socialism that is democratic. But that has never existed, and in its absence they open their arms to socialism without democracy, because the shimmering goal of socialism cannot be given up.” 

“This is What the End of Democracy Looks Like”

Washington Post, April 19, 2017

Democracy is a fairly recent invention — a creature of the past two centuries. This is a relatively narrow slice of recorded history, briefer than the Ming or Song dynasties in China or various other dynasties elsewhere that appear as mere blips in historical memory. Maybe this democratic moment is just another phase.

“Fifty Years After the March”

Commentary, September 2013

"On August 28, 1963, a quarter million Americans staged the most important demonstration in our nation’s history. They marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial in what is now remembered primarily as the setting for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But it was much more than that. The speech was epochal precisely because the event culminated the civil-rights “revolution” that put an end to the dark era of racial segregation and open discrimination."