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Amor Mundi, June 12th 2016

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, June 12th 2016 Posted on 12 June 2016 | 8:00 pm

Video Archives – “Lying in Politics: Alchemies of Deception” (2011)

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Friday, March 5, 2011: “Lying and Politics: Alchemies of Deception” Participants: Roger Hodge, Editor of Harper’s Magazine from 2006-2010 Roger Hodge gave a talk as a part of the Arendt Center’s March 2011 conference: “Lying and Politics.” Hodge focuses his talk on the matter of deception in politics. In his talk, Hodge expresses frustration with…Read more Video Archives – “Lying in Politics: Alchemies of Deception” (2011) Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Did Eichmann Think?

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Roger Berkowitz discusses Bettina Stangneth's book "Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer" and argues that Arendt's report on the banality of evil has withstood the test of time, history, and countless critiques. Posted on 7 September 2014 | 8:47 am

Of Ceilings and Binders: The Case for Satire

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and…Read more Of Ceilings and Binders: The Case for Satire Posted on 21 October 2013 | 11:14 am

Amor Mundi – 8/4/13

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi – 8/4/13 Posted on 5 August 2013 | 2:34 pm

Holes of Oblivion Open Up in China

One central feature of totalitarianism is the desire of those at the top of the movement to retain full—that is, total—control of their people. Total control requires, at times, the ability to lie, especially when facts on the ground fail to conform with past and present pronouncements. The strength of any totalitarian system can, in…Read more Holes of Oblivion Open Up in China Posted on 6 December 2012 | 11:09 am

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

The Convention season has unleashed an avalanche of half-truths and untruths. Some see this as politics as usual. Others claim we are living in a post-truth world. Stephen Colbert has long understood that our present condition has transformed truth into truthiness. One response to our new practice of political lying is the rise of the…Read more Fact Checking the Fact Checkers Posted on 11 September 2012 | 12:20 pm

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