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The Revolution Will Not Be Institutionalized

Freedom/Break the Mould Artist: Zenos Frudakis
Jeffrey Jurgens discusses Arendt's analysis of the Western tradition of revolution and how revolutionary episodes for her failed to enshrine the people's freedom in lasting institutions. Posted on 27 October 2014 | 10:00 am

The Crisis of Authority

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Roger Berkowitz discusses how a respect for authority and adulthood is integral to our ability to love ourselves and the world. Posted on 13 September 2014 | 9:55 am

Why Must We Care

Is there such a thing as too much free speech? The Editors at N+1 think so. They posted an editorial this week lamenting the overabundance of speaking that has swept over our nation like a plague: A strange mania governs the people of our great nation, a mania that these days results in many individual…Read more Why Must We Care Posted on 31 January 2014 | 3:47 pm

Of Ceilings and Binders: The Case for Satire

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and…Read more Of Ceilings and Binders: The Case for Satire Posted on 21 October 2013 | 11:14 am

A Common Language

“Any period to which its own past has become as questionable as it has to us must eventually come up against the phenomenon of language, for in it the past is contained ineradicably, thwarting all attempts to get rid of it once and for all. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom…Read more A Common Language Posted on 9 September 2013 | 11:30 am

Looking Beyond A Digital Harvard

Graduation is upon us. Saturday I will be in full academic regalia mixing with the motley colors of my colleagues as we send forth yet another class of graduates onto the rest of their lives. I advised three senior projects this year. One student is headed to East Jerusalem, where she will be a fellow…Read more Looking Beyond A Digital Harvard Posted on 24 May 2013 | 12:22 pm

The Politics of Intimacy

In an era defined by pervasive mass mediation, what role might intimacy—a relation of closeness and familiarity with another person—play in the realm of politics? Most of us are familiar with the town hall meetings, living-room campaign events, and other highly publicized yet simultaneously face-to-face interactions that now play a prominent role in this country’s…Read more The Politics of Intimacy Posted on 26 February 2013 | 2:45 pm

Federalism and the Crisis of Politics

Federalism should not be a partisan issue. This has been forgotten as the Federalist Society has turned federalism into a rhetorical sledgehammer to bludgeon liberal policies. But rightly understood, federalism is about freedom.  Federalism promotes freedom for at least two reasons. First, because citizens will only act and speak in public when they believe their…Read more Federalism and the Crisis of Politics Posted on 22 February 2013 | 3:46 pm

Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer

Ernst Cassirer is an oft-neglected thinker in contemporary continental philosophy. He is typically eclipsed by Martin Heidegger, whom he faced in the now famous disputation at Davos, Switzerland in the spring of 1929, which had such a dramatic effect on continental philosophy that the young Emmanuel Levinas, who attended the debate, felt as if he…Read more Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer Posted on 3 January 2013 | 2:30 pm