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The Voice of Right and Wrong

Whatever the source of moral knowledge might be—divine commandments or moral reason—every sane man, it was assumed, carried within himself a voice that tells him what is right and what is wrong, and this regardless of the law of the land and regardless of the voices of his fellowmen. -Hannah Arendt, Some Questions of Moral Philosophy,…Read more The Voice of Right and Wrong Posted on 30 April 2012 | 2:05 pm

Should We Justify War?

This was a busy week at Bard and the Hannah Arendt Center. In addition to two wonderful talks by Thomas Meyer on Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt, we co-sponsored a great speech by Peter Beinart on his new book The Crisis of Zionism. In addition, Bard played host to a joint Bard-West Point conference on…Read more Should We Justify War? Posted on 27 April 2012 | 2:50 pm

Childism, Chapter 3 – Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s final work, Childism, was published soon after her untimely passing in December of 2011. In the book, Young-Bruehl, a long time psychoanalyst and child advocate, focuses on the pervasive prejudice she feels overshadows many children in our society. Be it abuse, or the modern day phenomenon of helicopter-parenting, she felt these injustices served to…Read more Childism, Chapter 3 – Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Posted on 26 April 2012 | 10:59 am

We Love Books

We ♡ books. Posted on 26 April 2012 | 10:03 am

Peter Beinart on Zionism

In 2010, Peter Beinart made waves with an essay in The New York Review of Books that laid bare the conflict between the Zionism of the American Jewish establishment and the liberalism of many young American Jews. The key faultline of his essay is this: Among American Jews today, there are a great many Zionists,…Read more Peter Beinart on Zionism Posted on 25 April 2012 | 12:04 pm

Pension Crisis Primer

I have been trying to understand our pension mess for years now, and I will tell you that the numbers and acronyms are at times baffling. But help is here. Two of the nation’s Federal Reserve Banks (the Cleveland and the Atlanta Federal Reserve Banks) have joined together to form a “Financial Monitoring Team to…Read more Pension Crisis Primer Posted on 25 April 2012 | 10:07 am

James Beattie on Thinking

The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think. -James Beattie Posted on 24 April 2012 | 11:29 am

New York Times Pension Crisis

My colleague Walter Russell Mead has also been covering the entitlements problem that pensions pose.  He has an excellent post on the current dispute over pensions at the NY Times. The Times staff is considering a strike to defend its defined benefit contribution plan—a plan that guarantees a certain yearly payment until death. These pension…Read more New York Times Pension Crisis Posted on 24 April 2012 | 10:59 am

The Truth About Politics

“Factual truth is always related to other people […]. It is political by nature.” -Hannah Arendt, Truth and Politics  “Our inheritance was left to us by no testament” -Hannah Arendt, quoting René Char, Between Past and Future In his acceptance speech, the recipient of the 1997 Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought wondered why he…Read more The Truth About Politics Posted on 23 April 2012 | 12:21 pm

Who Killed the Middle Class?

John Cassidy over at the New Yorker has an excellent article that clarifies some of the basics about the debate over inequality. In Inequality 101, Cassidy reproduces a chart “Who Killed the Middle Class?” an article he published in 1995. The chart is fairly clear. It shows how from 1947-1973, the wealthy, the middle class,…Read more Who Killed the Middle Class? Posted on 23 April 2012 | 10:28 am