In this week's Amor Mundi, we reevaluate our basic understanding of liberty, reflect on whether economic inequality undermines democracy, realize the blame of the Bush-Cheney White House in allowing torture to flourish in the CIA, and much more.
Posted on 5 January 2015 | 11:30 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize Patrick Modiano for his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, wonder at how few memoirs have been written about the War in Afghanistan when compared to the Iraq War, ask whether big data is the new positivism, and much more!
Posted on 13 October 2014 | 11:30 am
“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
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
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
Walter Russell Mead is getting it right about the utter selfishness of the boomer generation and how it is bankrupting our governments, thus leaving government incapable of public services for the next generation. This story is about more than just high gas prices or taxes. It’s yet another case of the boomer generation stealing from…Read more Generational Injustice
Posted on 8 February 2013 | 12:11 pm
When people talk about the cost of entitlements or pensions, there is often a whiff of condescension, as if government employees don’t deserve their benefits. Often forgotten is the fact that private pensions are underfunded as well, and they are insured by the federal government. And now we are told that the military may have…Read more An Army of Pensioners
Posted on 30 January 2013 | 11:09 am
I watched President Obama’s second Inaugural Address with my seven-year-old daughter. She had just completed a letter to the President—something she had been composing all week. She was glued to the TV. I found myself tearing up at times, as I do and should do at all such events. “The Star Spangled Banner” by Beyonce…Read more Reflections on an Inaugural Address
Posted on 22 January 2013 | 11:31 am
The Pew Center on the States issued a study this week that sheds further light on our municipal pension problems, a political crisis with strong Arendtian overones. Where most studies have focused on the enormous problems faced by states, this one focuses on cities: Cities employing nearly half of U.S. municipal workers saw their pension…Read more The Pension Crisis in Cities
Posted on 17 January 2013 | 2:21 pm
The Wall Street Journal, The New York times, and Guernica—it seems everyone is excoriating John Roberts’ opinion upholding the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The WSJ calls the precedent Roberts set “grim.” The Journal, in another editorial, writes that Roberts’ decision is “is far more dangerous, and far more political, even than it first…Read more Roberts’ Opinion—Taxation Will Set You Free
Posted on 13 July 2012 | 10:48 pm