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Japan’s Collective Self-Defense: On Arendt, Sovereignty, and Peace

To identify freedom with free will has brought the “most dangerous consequence,” for it allows us to claim freedom at the price of all others' sovereignty. Posted on 17 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 12/15/13

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 12/15/13 Posted on 16 December 2013 | 3:42 pm

Trusting in Power, Not Concentrated Power

Francis Fukuyama has a new essay up on “The Decay of American Political Institutions.” Fukuyama begins with a basic point that is undeniable, and is artfully made manifest in George Packer’s National Book Award Winning The Unwinding: “Many political institutions in the United States are decaying.” There are many reasons for that failure. But in…Read more Trusting in Power, Not Concentrated Power Posted on 13 December 2013 | 11:36 am

Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul

Stephanie A. Miner, the Mayor of Syracuse NY, has an important op-ed essay in The NY Times Thursday. Syracuse is one of hundreds of cities around the state and tens of thousands around the country that are struggling with the potentially disastrous effects of out-of-control pension costs. Where this crisis is heading can be seen…Read more Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul Posted on 15 February 2013 | 10:23 am

John Adams on Education

One of the great documents of American history is the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, written in 1779 by John Adams. In Section Two of Chapter Six, Adams offers one of the most eloquent testaments to the political virtues of education. He writes: Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the…Read more John Adams on Education Posted on 1 February 2013 | 11:25 am

Power, Persuasion, and Organization

  John Duncan has in interesting response to Bill Dixon’s Quote of the Week this week. Dixon wrote about the importance of power (as opposed to violence or domination) in political life. And he worried that power was being lost and, what is more, becoming impossible to hold on to or acquire in the modern…Read more Power, Persuasion, and Organization Posted on 18 January 2013 | 11:46 am