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Thomas Jefferson on the Glow of Thoughts

Thomas Jefferson comments on the value and glow of thoughts in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 1 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 4/19/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appeal to the banality of evil in acknowledging Holocaust Memorial Day, meditate on the importance of privacy, and much more! Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:29 am

Amor Mundi 3/22/15

In our Amor Mundi, we challenge our colleges to make a safe place for dangerous thinking, reflect on the dangers posed by Salafist Jihad, and much more. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 11:30 am

The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Ideals Worth Fighting For?

In this week's Weekend Read, in preparation for our upcoming conference, Roger Berkowitz reflects on the decline of American exceptionalism and wonders what American ideas, if any, can inspire Americans to sacrifice and struggle for the common good. Posted on 4 October 2014 | 10:56 am

A Vacuum Floating on Air

Roger Berkowitz discusses Carmen Segarra and how her story exposing the Federal Reserve's lack of due diligence, as well as George Packer's book "The Unwinding", reveal a fractured America. Posted on 27 September 2014 | 1:28 pm

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

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

The Irony of the Elite

Peggy Noonan is worried about the decadence of elite American culture. While the folks over at DailyKos are foaming about the irony of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter complaining about the excesses of the power elites, Noonan makes an important point about the corrosive effects that irony has on elites and on culture more generally. The two…Read more The Irony of the Elite Posted on 21 February 2014 | 12:41 pm

Amor Mundi 1/12/14

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 1/12/14 Posted on 13 January 2014 | 1:09 pm

I Feel Like a Bullet Went Through My Heart

The response has been swift and negative to the Rolling Stone Magazine cover—a picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who with his now dead brother planted deadly homemade bombs near the finish-line of the Boston Marathon. The cover features a picture Tsarnaev himself posted on his Facebook page before the bombing. It shows him as he wanted…Read more I Feel Like a Bullet Went Through My Heart Posted on 19 July 2013 | 4:53 pm

Labor and Summer Vacation

“There is no lasting happiness outside the prescribed cycle of painful exhaustion and pleasurable regeneration, and whatever throws this cycle out of balance – poverty and misery where exhaustion is followed by wretchedness instead of regeneration, or great riches and an entirely effortless life where boredom takes the place of exhaustion and where the mills…Read more Labor and Summer Vacation Posted on 10 June 2013 | 12:27 pm