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Kazin, Arendt, and the Divinity of Justice

“I think that of all the people I have ever known, you have been the staunchest in thought, the freest from conventional faithlessness.” Alfred Kazin wrote these words to Hannah Arendt in 1961. A few months ago I was enjoying a lunch with my new friend Matthias Bormuth, author of a wonderful book on Karl…Read more Kazin, Arendt, and the Divinity of Justice Posted on 26 August 2011 | 8:42 am

Good Radio Program On Eichmann In Jerusalem

In the continuing coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the Adolf Eichmann Trial in Israel, in 1951, the Guardian’s Big Ideas Series has a great radio podcast discussing the Eichmann trial and Arendt’s coverage of it. The program is hosted by Benjamin Walker and features a thoughtful interview with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Arendt’s biographer. Importantly, the…Read more Good Radio Program On Eichmann In Jerusalem Posted on 17 August 2011 | 1:22 pm

Divergent realities the Transformation of Facts into Opinions

Hannah Arendt alerted us to the tendency at a time of rootlessness and homelessness for people to seek meaning in movements. The effect is that people will believe the lying consistency of their movement even at the expense of basic facts, something that augurs the ever-present threat of ┬áthe loss of a common world. The…Read more Divergent realities the Transformation of Facts into Opinions Posted on 11 August 2011 | 10:03 am

The City on the Hill is Bankrupt: Politically, Not Economically.

AAA is gone, and with it, one fears, the City on the Hill. American exceptionalism is a fraught theme, and yet it still provides a demand for action that inspires and stiffens the Emersonian backbone of the nation. It is not the economy that will burn the city to the ground, but our collective political…Read more The City on the Hill is Bankrupt: Politically, Not Economically. Posted on 7 August 2011 | 9:54 am

Ignore the Facts

Ignore the facts. At least that is what Michele Bachman willfully does, according to her former Chief of Staff. In today’s Wall St. Journal, Bachman’s former Chief of Staff Ron Carey has this to say about the current Congresswoman and Republican Presidential Candidate (Bachmann has won all the recent straw polls in Iowa): “Another staff…Read more Ignore the Facts Posted on 5 August 2011 | 5:20 pm

Bringing Thinking to our Prisons

The Bard Prison Initiative is one of the most inspirational and also practically important programs that make a difference in our world. It is also one dedicated to the idea that thinking deeply about oneself and one’s world is at the core of responsible and engaged citizenship. Every year one of the Hannah Arendt Center…Read more Bringing Thinking to our Prisons Posted on 1 August 2011 | 5:59 am