What We Talk About When We Talk About Reputation

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Weekly Standard—Suppose, for a moment, that you are a young person with no more knowledge of what the world was like before you were born than most young people nowadays. And suppose, further, that out of idle curiosity you took it into your head to read a really old book like, say, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (1920). As you read, you come upon a passage in which all the friends of one of the main characters, the Countess Olenska, are talking in hushed tones about her “reputation.” Being a fairly...

France and Germany talk ... and talk. The latest meeting of Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel only produced cut-and-paste statements from the past six months.