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The Crisis Must Matter

The crisis must matter. The most important divide in political and intellectual life today is between those who see society undergoing a transformative crisis and others who believe that the basic structures the 20th century industrial welfare state will persist. The divide over how to understand the crisis of our times was front and center…Read more The Crisis Must Matter Posted on 28 September 2012 | 5:08 pm

The Perverse Incentives of Student Debt

Student debt in the United States is now around $1 Trillion. This debt is inextinguishable, which means that banks and policy makers have insisted that young people be more responsible for their bad financial decisions than adults or corporations, both of which can, of course, free themselves from un-payable debts through bankruptcy. Not so for…Read more The Perverse Incentives of Student Debt Posted on 28 September 2012 | 2:19 pm

Conference Authors

Books by some of our speakers at last week’s “Does the President Matter?” conference. Posted on 27 September 2012 | 11:27 am

Steve Mazie Ponders, “Does the President Matter?”

Steven Mazie over at Big Think has a good essay reflecting on day one of the Hannah Arendt Center Conference “Does the President Matter? A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair.” Mazie looks at three reasons to be skeptical of the claim that the President matters, or that it matters who is elected…Read more Steve Mazie Ponders, “Does the President Matter?” Posted on 26 September 2012 | 3:23 pm

Playafied: From Ritual to Ceremony

Nikita Nelin concludes his report of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 8/15/12-9/5/12. You can read his first post here, and his second post here. Decompression: Before my hands heal I should sit down and find a way to wrap this up. I have been out of the desert (Black Rock City) for over a week…Read more Playafied: From Ritual to Ceremony Posted on 25 September 2012 | 4:10 pm

Does the President Matter?

“Hence it is not in the least superstitious, it is even a counsel of realism, to look for the unforeseeable and unpredictable, to be prepared for and to expect “miracles” in the political realm. And the more heavily the scales are weighted in favor of disaster, the more miraculous will the deed done in freedom…Read more Does the President Matter? Posted on 25 September 2012 | 2:09 pm

Leonardo Da Vinci on Thinking

“He who thinks little, errs much.” -Leonardo Da Vinci Posted on 25 September 2012 | 11:12 am

Thinking Challenge Winners

The winners for the Arendt Center’s second annual thinking challenge have been chosen. The competition was fierce and we received a large number of high quality entries from multiple countries on multiple continents. But, these entries stood out to our judges: Mamfatou Baldeh T. Mathilde Monge Daniel Perlman Benjamin Powers Congratulations to our winners! Click…Read more Thinking Challenge Winners Posted on 25 September 2012 | 11:02 am

Live Simulcast of “Does the President Matter?”

Wach the Live Simulcast of the Hannah Arendt Center’s Fifth Annual Conference: Does the President Matter?  A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair. Friday,      Sept. 21 10 am – 7 pm Saturday,  Sept. 22 10 am – 6 pm. Posted on 21 September 2012 | 9:12 am

Books Win One!

At a time when books, not to mention scholarship, are in perpetual retreat, let’s celebrate the surprising (if partial) victory in the battle to maintain the NY Public Library as a place to do meaningful research. For the last year public intellectuals across New York have been mobilized to oppose the Public Library’s decision to…Read more Books Win One! Posted on 20 September 2012 | 1:23 pm