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Amor Mundi 9/28/14

This week in our Amor Mundi, we explore why distrust in America's institutions is so prevalent, look to understand "nudging" as social policy, dig deeper into the relationship between madness and creativity, and much more! Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Video Archives – Panel One of “The Burden of Our Times” (2009)

A new weekly feature on the Blog, the Arendt Center uses its video archives to remember all of the exciting events it has hosted over the years. This week, it revisits the first panel of its second annual fall conference, "The Burden of Our Times." Posted on 3 July 2014 | 11:38 am

On Civic Journalism

In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan describes a man with a Muck Rake, a man who looks only down, raking the muck off the floor. Earthly, gazing down, collecting the muck around himself, the Muck Raker sees only the detritus of our world. He never looks up, neither into the heavens or even into the face…Read more On Civic Journalism Posted on 17 January 2014 | 12:41 pm

Amor Mundi 9/29/13

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 9/29/13 Posted on 30 September 2013 | 4:40 pm

The Bureaucracy of Sandy

The after effects of Super-storm Sandy are felt from the beaches to the statehouses. First of all, let’s realize it was not a hurricane, but a freakish combination of storm systems. Super-storm is more truthful than hurricane. Whatever it was, it has upended lives, and politics. The Financial Times reports today that Governor Chris Christie…Read more The Bureaucracy of Sandy Posted on 29 November 2012 | 11:35 am

The President’s Failure and His Challenge.

I spoke with my daughter this morning. She is seven. I asked her what she thought of Mitt Romney’s speech. She answered: “Both he and President Obama tell lies simply to get elected.” Now I know she is to some extent parroting what she hears around our dinner table and the playground. But there is…Read more The President’s Failure and His Challenge. Posted on 31 August 2012 | 3:50 pm

The Best and the Brightest

Ina Drew has resigned. Why wasn’t she fired? Drew is the executive at JPMorgan being asked to fall on her sword for the $2 Billion+ loss in hedging trades. Jamie Dimon, who for four years has taken credit for running a tight ship in which he was responsible for steering JPMorgan through the financial crisis,…Read more The Best and the Brightest Posted on 15 May 2012 | 9:46 am

The Way Forward

It is a fallacy to think that political thinking can exist separately from economic thinking. Hannah Arendt, no economist, saw clearly that the origins of totalitarianism were, in large part, traceable to the importing of economic thinking (unlimited growth) into the political realm, where politics is concerned with geographical, social, and moral limits. The economic…Read more The Way Forward Posted on 20 April 2012 | 3:08 pm

Is Yonkers Next?

According to the NY Times and a report commissioned by the Mayor of Yonkers, that city may be the next municipality to trade democracy for a technocratic control board to control its finances. The key takeaway from the article: In an interview, one of the report’s authors, former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, said that the projected…Read more Is Yonkers Next? Posted on 6 April 2012 | 9:14 am

Smart Guys on Wall Street

Nicholas Kristof asks the profound question today in his column: Is banking bad? He gives the equally enlightening answer: no. Only if you read down to the end of the column filled with such nuggets do you find the one truly revealing fact: In 2007, on the eve of the financial crisis, 47 percent of…Read more Smart Guys on Wall Street Posted on 19 January 2012 | 3:30 pm