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Amor Mundi: The Power of Lies

The Power of LiesBy Source, Fair use Robert Cottrel offers an account of why an autocrat lies. “Putin lies as a display of power. Only powerful people can lie and get away with it. The more blatant the lie, the greater the show of power when your listener cannot or dare not contradict you. It’s…Read more Amor Mundi: The Power of Lies Posted on 25 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Feminist Toughs

Feminist Toughs Jacquelyn Ardam writes about a study of tough women, and is particularly taken with the toughness of Hannah Arendt. “Now seems like a particularly important time to be thinking about what it means to be both tough and a woman. Deborah Nelson’s Tough Enough is a useful guide to a particular kind of toughness —…Read more Amor Mundi: Feminist Toughs Posted on 18 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Plurality On Campus

Plurality On Campus(Source: Lisa Rathke) Laurie L. Patton, the President of Middlebury college, reflects on the lessons learned in the wake of the violent disruption by Middlebury students of a talk by Charles Murray. We must, she writes: “Move beyond the false dichotomy between free speech and inclusiveness. Our dual commitment to free expression and…Read more Amor Mundi: Plurality On Campus Posted on 11 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Friendship Versus Banality

Friendship Versus Banality George Prochnik explores the deep friendship between Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. “WHEN GERSHOM SCHOLEM, the humanist scholar of Jewish mysticism, first met the philosopher Hannah Arendt in the 1930s he was bowled over by her intelligence and delighted by her character. To Walter Benjamin, he wrote excitedly that Arendt was rumored…Read more Amor Mundi: Friendship Versus Banality Posted on 4 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Justice Thomas’ Racial Fatalism

Justice Thomas' Racial Fatalism The Supreme Court this week ruled that two gerrymandered districts in North Carolina were unconstitutional because they were impermissibly drawn on racial grounds to dilute the vote of black Americans. The swing vote in the 5-3 majority decision was Justice Clarence Thomas. For Scott Lemieux, Thomas’ vote is consistent with an…Read more Amor Mundi: Justice Thomas’ Racial Fatalism Posted on 28 May 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Words That Mean Nothing

Words That Mean Nothing Masha Gessen, who will be speaking at the Hannah Arendt Center Conference on “Crises of Democracy,” turns to Hannah Arendt to understand Donald Trump’s assault on language and our common world. “Trump also has a talent for using words in ways that make them mean nothing. Everyone is great and everything…Read more Amor Mundi: Words That Mean Nothing Posted on 21 May 2017 | 9:30 am

The Courage to Be: Tania Bruguera

Ana Bauer, Gemma Godfrey, and Loreli Mojica, HAC student fellows, share their thoughts on Tania Bruguera's visit for our spring 2017 "Courage to Be" Dinner and Lecture Series. Posted on 19 May 2017 | 7:41 am

Amor Mundi: People’s Assemblies

People's Assemblies(Source: lumumbaformayor.com) Kate Aronoff interviews Chokwe Antar Lumumba, who will likely be the next Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Lumumba is an advocate of bringing “people’s assemblies” back into government, a new way to rethink the idea of self-government. “We need to re-envision the electoral process. For far too long we’ve approached it backward. We…Read more Amor Mundi: People’s Assemblies Posted on 14 May 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Reactionism

Reactionism Andrew Sullivan rightly sees that we are in the grip of reactionism, not conservatism. Reactionism is not simply about hatred or racism. It is illiberal, yes, but an indignant rejection of the status quo. What Sullivan clearly sees is that reactionism is a political movement that is now worldwide at the height of its…Read more Amor Mundi: Reactionism Posted on 7 May 2017 | 9:30 am

An Open Letter Addressing the May 3rd Living Room Conversation, From Roger Berkowitz, Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College

To The Campus Community Later today, the Hannah Arendt Center will host a Public Living Room Conversation on the topic of Crossing the Divide. The Arendt Center’s Public Living Room Conversation series is inspired by Arendt’s understanding of the value of plurality. It is an effort to bring the world we share with others to…Read more An Open Letter Addressing the May 3rd Living Room Conversation, From Roger Berkowitz, Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College Posted on 3 May 2017 | 12:00 pm