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Amor Mundi: February 12th, 2017

The Leader of the Masses Peter Baehr is one of our best Arendt scholars, and his work explicating Arendt’s thinking about totalitarianism is invaluable. In his essay “The Theory of Totalitarian Leadership,” Baehr argues that the totalitarian leader is only comprehensible as a mouthpiece of what Arendt calls the masses. The masses exist in all…Read more Amor Mundi: February 12th, 2017

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Posted on 12 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: February 5th, 2017

Apocalyptic ThinkingThe cover to Steve Bannon’s 2010 film, Generation Zero. David Kaiser writes about his experience being interviewed by Steve Bannon for Bannon’s film Generation Zero, a documentary about the financial crisis. Kaiser is a historian who looks at the moments of crisis in American history, moments that can serve as transformational periods. Kaiser writes…Read more Amor Mundi: February 5th, 2017

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Posted on 5 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: January 29th, 2017

Turning Ourselves Into OutlawsManifest from the SS Guiné, which sailed from Lisbon to NY on May 10, 1941 and arrived in New York on May 22, 1941. Johanna Bluecher (Hannah Arendt) is listed as “wife” after Heinrich Bluecher who is listed as “writer.”   Hannah Arendt arrived in France as a refugee in 1933. After…Read more Amor Mundi: January 29th, 2017

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Posted on 29 January 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: January 22nd, 2017

Populism and Totalitarianism “Totalitarian politics—far from being simply antisemitic or racist or imperialist or communist—use and abuse their own ideological and political elements until the basis of factual reality, from which the ideologies originally derived their strength and their propaganda value—the reality of class struggle, for instance, or the interest conflict between Jews and their…Read more Amor Mundi: January 22nd, 2017

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Posted on 22 January 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: January 15th, 2017

"The Rage of Corruption Unveiled" Uriel Abulof argues that we are witnessing the retreat of the liberal project of individual individualism in the face of a more fundamental and more powerful human need for collectivist tribalism. The drive for tribalism is real; but to understand why it has emerged so vigorously, we need to comprehend…Read more Amor Mundi: January 15th, 2017

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Posted on 15 January 2017 | 9:00 am