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Amor Mundi 12/20/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the failure of human rights with regards to the refugee crisis, marvel at the width of the political divide, and much more. Posted on 20 December 2015 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 9/20/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on how bureaucratic culture is spoiling freedom on college campuses, wonder at persistent government surveillance, and more! Posted on 20 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

Truthfulness in Politics

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Donald Trump and John Stewart both tap into a desire among the American public for truth in politics. Posted on 16 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/31/15

In our Amor Mundi, we explore how Title IX can endanger intellectual freedom on college campuses, meditate on our obsession with pictures, and much more! Posted on 31 May 2015 | 11:01 pm

Amor Mundi 8/31/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the anti-totalitarian tones of Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon", ask how we can repair American public discourse, reflect on ways we can seek to understand and learn from history, and much more. Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Freedom, “Betweenness”, and the Meaning of Politics

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Laurie Naranch discusses Arendt's work to understand the meaning of politics and why she sees her answer in the relationships of individuals. Posted on 18 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Canard of Decline

The secret of American exceptionalism may very well be the uniquely American susceptibility to narratives of decline. From the American defeat in Vietnam and the Soviet launch of Sputnik to the quagmire in Afghanistan and the current financial crisis, naysayers proclaim the end of the American century. And yet the prophecies of decline are nearly…Read more Canard of Decline Posted on 1 November 2013 | 12:26 pm

Un-shared Worlds

“Don’t hold your breath, ‘cause the pretty things are going to hell…” -David Bowie In the social spheres in which I circulate, both personal and electronic, reactions to the Supreme Court’s twin same-sex marriage rulings Wednesday have tended to fall fairly neatly into one of two categories, each sprinkled liberally with that unique brand of…Read more Un-shared Worlds Posted on 1 July 2013 | 12:27 pm

The Politics of Intimacy

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

Learning From Crisis

“[T]here is another even more cogent reason for [the layman] concerning himself with a critical situation in which he is not immediately involved. And that is the opportunity, provided by the very fact of crisis—which tears away facades and obliterates prejudices—to explore and inquire into whatever has been laid bare of the essence of the…Read more Learning From Crisis Posted on 25 February 2013 | 11:40 am