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Now Hiring: Part-Time Research Assistant

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Roger Berkowitz, the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center is looking to hire a Part Time Research Assistant to assist with a book project. Posted on 20 January 2016 | 10:01 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

The Two American Constitutional Freedoms

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Roger Berkowitz revisits Robert Pranger's essay "The Decline of the American National Government" and in so doing identifies the importance of upholding a proper role for government, both local and national. Posted on 9 August 2014 | 11:20 am

Independence Day: Reexamining America’s Core Ideals

In this Weekend Read, we reflect on Independence Day, the motivations behind the Declaration of Independence, and how we can reclaim America's ideals today. Posted on 5 July 2014 | 11:32 am

Privacy and Politics

In the most recent NY Review of Books, David Cole wonders if we’ve reached the point of no return on the issue of privacy: “Reviewing seven years of the NSA amassing comprehensive records on every American’s every phone call, the board identified only one case in which the program actually identified an unknown terrorist suspect.…Read more Privacy and Politics Posted on 28 February 2014 | 4:04 pm

Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship?

“If it is true that all thought begins with remembrance, it is also true that no remembrance remains secure unless it is condensed and distilled into a framework of conceptual notions within which it can further exercise itself.” -Hannah Arendt, On Revolution With these words Arendt complains, in her magnificent book about the French and…Read more Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship? Posted on 18 March 2013 | 11:05 am

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

The Rationality of Breaking the Rules

Controversy is raging around Thomas Friedman’s column today advising the presumptive Secretary of State John Kerry to “break all the rules.” In short, Friedman—known for his faithful belief that technology is making the world flat and changing things for the better—counsels that the U.S. ignore hostile governments and appeal directly to the people. Here’s the…Read more The Rationality of Breaking the Rules Posted on 24 January 2013 | 4:13 pm

Power, Persuasion, and Organization

  John Duncan has in interesting response to Bill Dixon’s Quote of the Week this week. Dixon wrote about the importance of power (as opposed to violence or domination) in political life. And he worried that power was being lost and, what is more, becoming impossible to hold on to or acquire in the modern…Read more Power, Persuasion, and Organization Posted on 18 January 2013 | 11:46 am

Tripoli: Between Power and Violence

“Power is indeed the essence of all government, but violence is not. Violence is by nature instrumental; like all means, it always stands in need of guidance and justification through the ends it pursues. And what needs justification by something else cannot be the essence of anything.” – Hannah Arendt, “On Violence” The last few…Read more Tripoli: Between Power and Violence Posted on 12 June 2012 | 12:14 pm