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Amor Mundi 1/31/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we dissect a 1962 pardon request made by Adolf Eichmann, reflect on the Malheur occupation, and much more! Posted on 1 February 2016 | 11:41 am

Amor Mundi 12/20/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the failure of human rights with regards to the refugee crisis, marvel at the width of the political divide, and much more. Posted on 20 December 2015 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 6/28/15

In our Amor Mundi, we celebrate the end of marriage inequality in the U.S., reflect on the life of Clementa Pinckney with President Obama, and much more. Posted on 28 June 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 4/12/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the works of Toni Morrison and Claudia Rankine, identify trauma as a powerful corollary of feminism, and much more! Posted on 13 April 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 1/12/14

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 1/12/14 Posted on 13 January 2014 | 1:09 pm

Trusting in Power, Not Concentrated Power

Francis Fukuyama has a new essay up on “The Decay of American Political Institutions.” Fukuyama begins with a basic point that is undeniable, and is artfully made manifest in George Packer’s National Book Award Winning The Unwinding: “Many political institutions in the United States are decaying.” There are many reasons for that failure. But in…Read more Trusting in Power, Not Concentrated Power Posted on 13 December 2013 | 11:36 am

Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence

“Having said this, I must deal immediately and at some length with the question of violence.” —Nelson Mandela  “Sometimes ‘violence is the only way of ensuring a hearing for moderation.’”             —Hannah Arendt citing Conor Cruise O’Brien, On Violence Nelson Mandela gave one of the great speeches of 20th century at his trial before the…Read more Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence Posted on 6 December 2013 | 12:12 pm

Amor Mundi Newsletter 7/21/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi Newsletter 7/21/13 Posted on 22 July 2013 | 3:06 pm

Secondhand Gun Smoke

“The extreme form of power is All against One, the extreme form of violence is One against All. And this latter is never possible without instruments.” Hannah Arendt, On Violence The instruments that Hannah Arendt refers to in this quote are instruments of violence, that is to say, weapons.  Weapons, which in the main, translates…Read more Secondhand Gun Smoke Posted on 11 February 2013 | 11:00 am

A Milestone Election

The re-election of Barack Obama is a milestone. Barack Obama will always be remembered as the first black President of the United States. He will now also be remembered as the first black two-term President, one who was re-elected in spite of nearly 8% unemployment and a feeling of deep unease in society. He is…Read more A Milestone Election Posted on 9 November 2012 | 5:48 pm