Michael Walzer

Student sit-in in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960
"Walzer is acutely aware that will and competency alone are not enough to lead to success. In Political Action he preaches a gospel of realism—if you don’t win, try a different approach (like moving into electoral politics) or disband your effort and save your energies...
Michael Walzer lectures at the podium
On Thursday, April 11, Labyrinth Books will host a discussion of Political Action: A Practical Guide to Movement Politics by Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science. Recently reissued by New York Review Books ,...
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Writing for the Washington Post , CNN's Fareed Zakaria examines the crisis in Venezuela and argues for active support from American Democrats, borrowing insights from A Foreign Policy for the Left by Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, will lead a discussion on Community , the third installment in Walzer's four-volume The Jewish Political Tradition series, which seeks to connect political thought of ancient Israel and the Diaspora with the emerging...
This spring, Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, wrote for Foreign Affairs an article on " Just and Unjust Leaks "—a discussion of the contexts in which the leaking of confidential information is morally justified. For the November/December...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, spoke at the Paris Institute of Political Studies on March 15, 2018, in a talk titled "Freedom and Equality: Can the Two Stand Together?" Exploring the crucial link between freedom and equality, he...
Martin Peretz of the Wall Street Journal reviewed A Foreign Policy for the Left (Yale University Press, 2018) by Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, writing: "Mr. Walzer is an honest leftist, and he tries to keep his comrades...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, will discuss his new book A Foreign Policy for the Left (Yale University Press 2018), at 6:00 p.m. on March 8 at Labyrinth Books...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, details the intricacies of whistle-blowing, the moral risk-taking that is involved, and the contours of judging whether or not a disclosure is justified: So long as there are secrets, whistle-blowing will remain a...

In the Media

February 20, 2018
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, discusses the political potential of high school students as they take on the NRA following the February 14, 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Looking to the African American student activists of...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, writes about American leftists and U.S. foreign policy: First and foremost, the left needs to think seriously about the use of force, which is the central issue in foreign-policy debates. It is right...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, joins Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY in a discussion of the American left's approach to foreign policy and his latest book A Foreign Policy for the Left (Yale University Press, January 2018), which...