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The Once and Future Liberalism

Congratulations to my colleague and Arendt Center stalwart Walter Russell Mead, whose article “The Once and Future Liberalism” just won a Sidney Award, “designed to encourage people to step back at this time of the year and look at the big picture.” Mead’s article is indeed bracing, and the thinking behind it has informed many…Read more The Once and Future Liberalism Posted on 29 December 2012 | 9:45 am

I Want You To Be, or How to Love the World.

On Christmas Eve we revisit one of our favorite Quotes of the Week from 2012, a reflection on human vanity and the love of the world by Anne O’Byrne. Wherever you celebrate this holiday season, we wish you joys, rejuvenation, and reflection. A very happy holiday from us to you.    “Everything that is appears;…Read more I Want You To Be, or How to Love the World. Posted on 24 December 2012 | 6:47 am

All of the Experts are Dead

“Snow Fall” is an essay by John Branch that appeared on the NY Times online yesterday. It is, simply, gripping. I read it holding my small screen, shaking, and could not put it down. Here is how Branch describes the internal life of Elyse Saugstad as she experienced beings swallowed up by an avalanche. She…Read more All of the Experts are Dead Posted on 21 December 2012 | 1:38 pm

The Merging of High Schools and Colleges

The Wall St. Journal reports that more high school students are taking college courses for credit. The number of students under age 18 enrolled in community-college courses rose more than 50% in the past 10 years, to about 855,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. The group says…Read more The Merging of High Schools and Colleges Posted on 20 December 2012 | 11:28 am

Dean Reads Riley

James Dean reading James Whitcomb Riley in his Aunt’s kitchen in Indiana, 1955. Posted on 20 December 2012 | 10:40 am

A.A. Milne on Thinking

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”  -A. A. Milne Posted on 18 December 2012 | 12:30 pm

Arendt & Gun Control

In The Stone yesterday Firmin DeBrabander references Hannah Arendt to buttress his argument for gun control in the wake of the tragic massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve wanted to avoid turning a true tragedy into a political cause, but DeBrabander’s thoughtful essay merits a response. The thrust of DeBrabander’s reflection is that the presence of…Read more Arendt & Gun Control Posted on 18 December 2012 | 11:26 am

Remembrance and Gratitude

“We are wont to see friendship solely as a phenomenon of intimacy in which the friends open their hearts to each other unmolested by the world and its demands…Thus it is hard for us to understand the political relevance of friendship…But for the Greeks the essence of friendship consisted in discourse…The converse (in contrast to…Read more Remembrance and Gratitude Posted on 17 December 2012 | 12:38 pm

In Memorial – Sandy Hook Elementary School

On this day of unfathomable loss, our hearts go out to the parents, siblings, grandparents, students, teachers, friends, and communities that are dealing with sorrows beyond sorrows. It is a time for grieving. Hannah Arendt used to say that she and Isak Dinesen shared a spiritual connection because they both lost their fathers early. Arendt was…Read more In Memorial – Sandy Hook Elementary School Posted on 14 December 2012 | 6:01 pm

Nihilism and Globalization

What a week it has been in the world of corporate criminality and governmental spinelessness! On Monday, the British Bank HSBC agreed to pay a fine for $1.92 billion for repeated and systematic violations of two U.S. laws to prevent money laundering. The bank transferred hundreds of billions of dollars for its clients, likely enabling…Read more Nihilism and Globalization Posted on 14 December 2012 | 4:07 pm