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“Why Are Americans So Angry?”: Remembering Imagining Crisis

Ian Storey looks to the Iowa Caucuses to wonder at what point electoral politics is reduced to the manufacture of crisis. Posted on 7 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

The Courage to Be: Uday Mehta

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Zelda May Bas, a student fellow with the Hannah Arendt Center, recounts our second "Courage to Be" dinner, during which Uday Mehta spoke on Gandhi. Posted on 23 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Video Archives – “Lying and Politics: Democracy and Lying” (2011)

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In this week's Video Archives, we remember a talk George Kateb gave at our 2011 annual fall conference on the ideal of governmental transparency. Posted on 21 November 2014 | 9:00 am

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

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

The Danger of Intellectuals

[T]here are, indeed, few things that are more frightening than the steadily increasing prestige of scientifically minded brain trusters in the councils of government during the last decades. The trouble is not that they are cold-blooded enough to “think the unthinkable,” but that they do not think. -Hannah Arendt, “On Violence” Hannah Arendt’s warning about…Read more The Danger of Intellectuals Posted on 22 July 2013 | 2:20 pm

Divergent realities the Transformation of Facts into Opinions

Hannah Arendt alerted us to the tendency at a time of rootlessness and homelessness for people to seek meaning in movements. The effect is that people will believe the lying consistency of their movement even at the expense of basic facts, something that augurs the ever-present threat of  the loss of a common world. The…Read more Divergent realities the Transformation of Facts into Opinions Posted on 11 August 2011 | 10:03 am

Lying and Politcs

In June of this year, Americans celebrated a curious anniversary. The Pentagon Papers turned 40. For Hannah Arendt, what struck anyone who would sit down and read the 47 volumes was the “quicksand of lying statements of all sorts, deceptions as well as self-deceptions.” The untruths in the Papers included factual deceptions: Phony body counts…Read more Lying and Politcs Posted on 25 July 2011 | 6:19 pm