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The Poverty of Ideas

Roger Berkowitz discusses an essay written by Raymond Guess on the failure of contemporary thinking at the hands of denial, debt, and John Rawls' philosophy. Posted on 16 August 2014 | 10:56 am

Generational Injustice

Walter Russell Mead is getting it right about the utter selfishness of the boomer generation and how it is bankrupting our governments, thus leaving government incapable of public services for the next generation. This story is about more than just high gas prices or taxes. It’s yet another case of the boomer generation stealing from…Read more Generational Injustice Posted on 8 February 2013 | 12:11 pm

An Army of Pensioners

When people talk about the cost of entitlements or pensions, there is often a whiff of condescension, as if government employees don’t deserve their benefits. Often forgotten is the fact that private pensions are underfunded as well, and they are insured by the federal government. And now we are told that the military may have…Read more An Army of Pensioners Posted on 30 January 2013 | 11:09 am

Why the President Matters in the 21st Century-Mateus Baptista

We face a challenge of leadership; there is a void in our body politics that remains to be filled. First, expectations of the president need to re-evaluated. The public’s perception of the president is unrealistic and inflated. A CBS News/New York Times poll in March 2012 reported that 54% of people believe the president “can…Read more Why the President Matters in the 21st Century-Mateus Baptista Posted on 4 September 2012 | 12:38 pm

The Fecundity of the Unexpected

Readers of the Hannah Arendt Center blog are well acquainted with the pension train wreck that is heading our way.  It is not only public union pensions but also those corporate pensions that still guarantee defined benefits that are radically underfunded. And what hides the immensity of the problem is continued unrealistic assumptions about long-term…Read more The Fecundity of the Unexpected Posted on 8 August 2012 | 1:03 pm

The New Class War: Public vs. Private

Occupy Wall Street focused attention on one conception of class conflict-the super wealthy against the 99%.  As successful as OWS was in spreading its message, almost no legislative agenda emerged. The Tea Party focused its attention on the tax burdens faced by the middle classes and the upper middle classes.  The villain for the Tea…Read more The New Class War: Public vs. Private Posted on 7 June 2012 | 11:40 am