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Video Archives – A Discussion on the Intellectual Origins of the Financial Crisis (2011)

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In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2011 discussion between Roger Berkowitz and David Matias on the origins of the 2008 financial crisis. Posted on 16 October 2014 | 10:00 am

The Arendt Center is Hiring!

The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College seeks an enthusiastic Program Associate to help grow the Center at an exciting time in its history. The Program Associate would be responsible for working with the Director of the Arendt Center to administer and grow the Center, with the mission to provoke engaged thinking that elevates public…Read more The Arendt Center is Hiring! Posted on 21 March 2014 | 8:55 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

Amor Mundi 2/24/13

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…Read more Amor Mundi 2/24/13 Posted on 24 February 2013 | 8:30 am

The Great Divide

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Richard D. Kahlenberg lifts (or rips) the band-aid off a wound that has been festering for decades. For much of the 20th century, class animated campus Marxists. Since the 1970s, race and gender have largely supplanted class as the source of youthful protest. But the pendulum is swinging…Read more The Great Divide Posted on 19 February 2013 | 1:17 pm

Shadow Dance of the Fiscal Cliff

The Hannah Arendt Center has followed the shadow dance of the fiscal cliff less for its fiscal than for its political lessons. While a deal was struck, it is hard not to be impressed by the breakdown of our political class. Like the Europeans, we are now officially kicking the can down the road, refusing…Read more Shadow Dance of the Fiscal Cliff Posted on 3 January 2013 | 12:53 pm

Corruption Takes Root

What is the essence of corruption? This is a question raised by the recent Supreme Court jurisprudence around Citizens United v. FEC. For Justice Kennedy and the Court has concluded, as a matter of law, that only quid pro quo corruption is corruption. An out and out bribe is corrupting, but throwing a congressman a…Read more Corruption Takes Root Posted on 26 October 2012 | 8:30 pm

New Book from the Hannah Arendt Center

The Hannah Arendt Center’s latest book, The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis, is now shipping. We had forty advance copies at the conference last weekend and they all were sold. As the financial crisis lumbers into its fifth year, this book looks at the deeper cultural, philosophical and moral foundations for the crisis.…Read more New Book from the Hannah Arendt Center Posted on 1 October 2012 | 5:10 pm

The Crisis of European Politics

Greece voted on Sunday and the headline account shows that the right of center moderates won. This was presented as good news, for it means a continued embrace of the Euro and years more of austerity. But there are other lessons to glean from the Greek election. 1.  Extremism is rising quickly in Greece. As…Read more The Crisis of European Politics Posted on 19 June 2012 | 1:27 pm

The New Class War: Public vs. Private

Occupy Wall Street focused attention on one conception of class conflict-the super wealthy against the 99%.  As successful as OWS was in spreading its message, almost no legislative agenda emerged. The Tea Party focused its attention on the tax burdens faced by the middle classes and the upper middle classes.  The villain for the Tea…Read more The New Class War: Public vs. Private Posted on 7 June 2012 | 11:40 am