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Amor Mundi 11/15/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on Arendt's understanding of evil and good in wake of the Paris attacks, scrutinize farmers markets, and much more! Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

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

Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence

“Having said this, I must deal immediately and at some length with the question of violence.” —Nelson Mandela  “Sometimes ‘violence is the only way of ensuring a hearing for moderation.’”             —Hannah Arendt citing Conor Cruise O’Brien, On Violence Nelson Mandela gave one of the great speeches of 20th century at his trial before the…Read more Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence Posted on 6 December 2013 | 12:12 pm

Infinitely Intoxicating

Louis Pasteur once wrote: I see everywhere in the world, the inevitable expression of the concept of infinity…. The idea of God is nothing more than one form of the idea of infinity. So long as the mystery of the infinite weighs on the human mind, so long will temples be raised to the cult…Read more Infinitely Intoxicating Posted on 11 January 2013 | 12:38 pm

Roberts’ Opinion—Taxation Will Set You Free

The Wall Street Journal, The New York times, and Guernica—it seems everyone is excoriating John Roberts’ opinion upholding the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The WSJ calls the precedent Roberts set “grim.” The Journal, in another editorial, writes that Roberts’ decision is “is far more dangerous, and far more political, even than it first…Read more Roberts’ Opinion—Taxation Will Set You Free Posted on 13 July 2012 | 10:48 pm

Moral Leadership and the New Era of Responsibility

I had the pleasure of discussing and debating at a Hannah Arendt Center event last night with John Cassidy, staff writer of The New Yorker and author of How markets fail : the logic of economic calamities as well as Dot.con : the greatest story ever sold. The topic was the presidential election. I asked Cassidy about…Read more Moral Leadership and the New Era of Responsibility Posted on 11 May 2012 | 2:07 pm

Some Reflections on Anoka-Hennepin

“And do we intend to have our political battles fought out in the school yards?” —Hannah Arendt, “Reflections on Little Rock” Within the last two years, nine teenage students in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin public school district have committed suicide (and many more have attempted to). The driving force behind this “epidemic” is the persecution, by other…Read more Some Reflections on Anoka-Hennepin Posted on 26 March 2012 | 1:36 pm

Human Rights Project Presents Joanne Mariner

The Human Rights Project at Bard College Presents Joanne Mariner “Counterterrorism and Armed Conflict: A Legal Typology” She will speak tonight, March 19, 2012 at 5PM, in RKC 103 at Bard College. Joanne Mariner is the Rita Hauser Director of Hunter College’s Human Rights Program.  Before joining Hunter in January 2011, she spent 15 years…Read more Human Rights Project Presents Joanne Mariner Posted on 19 March 2012 | 12:15 pm