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Amor Mundi: Words That Mean Nothing

Words That Mean Nothing Masha Gessen, who will be speaking at the Hannah Arendt Center Conference on “Crises of Democracy,” turns to Hannah Arendt to understand Donald Trump’s assault on language and our common world. “Trump also has a talent for using words in ways that make them mean nothing. Everyone is great and everything…Read more Amor Mundi: Words That Mean Nothing Posted on 21 May 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: People’s Assemblies

People's Assemblies(Source: lumumbaformayor.com) Kate Aronoff interviews Chokwe Antar Lumumba, who will likely be the next Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Lumumba is an advocate of bringing “people’s assemblies” back into government, a new way to rethink the idea of self-government. “We need to re-envision the electoral process. For far too long we’ve approached it backward. We…Read more Amor Mundi: People’s Assemblies Posted on 14 May 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Reactionism

Reactionism Andrew Sullivan rightly sees that we are in the grip of reactionism, not conservatism. Reactionism is not simply about hatred or racism. It is illiberal, yes, but an indignant rejection of the status quo. What Sullivan clearly sees is that reactionism is a political movement that is now worldwide at the height of its…Read more Amor Mundi: Reactionism Posted on 7 May 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: You Are Not An Experience

You Are Not An Experience Ulrich Baer argues that the so-called “liberal snowflakes” are actually right, that free speech should be sacrificed in the name of securing the legitimacy of personal experience. He is mistaken, but worth taking seriously. Baer writes: “At one of the premieres of his landmark Holocaust documentary, “Shoah” (1985), the filmmaker…Read more Amor Mundi: You Are Not An Experience Posted on 30 April 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: To Think What We Have Done

To Think What We Have DoneStelae, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, Germany – By N0TABENE – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Alex Cocotas worries about the culture of Holocaust memorialization. He is particularly bothered by Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe that has become a tourist destination in Berlin. ”…Read more Amor Mundi: To Think What We Have Done Posted on 23 April 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: The World At Stake

The World At Stake Lacino Hamiltion argues that Black Lives Matter is transforming from a protest movement into a political movement. “In taking a hard look at how the Civil Rights movement transitioned from a protest movement to a political movement, we can discern certain lessons for the Black Lives Matter movement at this precarious…Read more Amor Mundi: The World At Stake Posted on 16 April 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Butterflies and Bees

Butterflies and BeesBy Chiswick Chap – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Ralph Benko offers a fascinating metaphor of the Bees and the Butterflies that helps explain the political divide in the United States. “Bees (like ants) live in a centralized hierarchical culture. (The use of “culture” here is not a use of pathetic fallacy. It’s…Read more Amor Mundi: Butterflies and Bees Posted on 9 April 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Listening And The Lecture

Listening And The Lecture(photo by Karl Rabe) Miya Tokumitsu offers a defense of the much maligned university lecture. The attack on the lecture—that is passive learning and offers one-size-fits-all education—should not be true. A good lecturer engages her students. In any well-performed lecture, there is a give and take between professor and student. And students…Read more Amor Mundi: Listening And The Lecture Posted on 2 April 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: The Honor System

The Honor System In an interview with Michael Judge, Garry Kasparov elaborates on his off-the-cuff remark that Donald Trump’s press conference resembled a Soviet press conference. “If I recall, it was a joke made while the press conference was still going on, and I was struck by all the flags around him and the scripted…Read more Amor Mundi: The Honor System Posted on 26 March 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism Roger Berkowitz has been teaching a semester-long course on Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism for more than a decade. He is currently leading the Hannah Arendt Center’s Virtual Reading Group sessions on the book. In a long essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Berkowitz argues that Arendt’s brilliant…Read more Amor Mundi: Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism Posted on 19 March 2017 | 9:00 am