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A Meditation on Arendt, Rilke, & Guns

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The despair expressed in Rilke's Duino Elegies is an expression of our human world and as such distills the loss we feel from gun violence. Posted on 6 December 2015 | 8:00 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

Arendt & Gun Control

In The Stone yesterday Firmin DeBrabander references Hannah Arendt to buttress his argument for gun control in the wake of the tragic massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve wanted to avoid turning a true tragedy into a political cause, but DeBrabander’s thoughtful essay merits a response. The thrust of DeBrabander’s reflection is that the presence of…Read more Arendt & Gun Control Posted on 18 December 2012 | 11:26 am

The Crisis Must Matter

The crisis must matter. The most important divide in political and intellectual life today is between those who see society undergoing a transformative crisis and others who believe that the basic structures the 20th century industrial welfare state will persist. The divide over how to understand the crisis of our times was front and center…Read more The Crisis Must Matter Posted on 28 September 2012 | 5:08 pm