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Amor Mundi 2/14/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the appeal of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, announce a job opening, and much more! Posted on 14 February 2016 | 8:01 pm

A Meditation on Arendt, Rilke, & Guns

The despair expressed in Rilke's Duino Elegies is an expression of our human world and as such distills the loss we feel from gun violence. Posted on 6 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 2/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the rules of the modern political correctness movement, reflect on the state of anti-rape activities on college campuses, revisit our understanding of affluence in America, and much more. Posted on 2 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Democracy and Disagreement

In the wake of Mozilla C.E.O. Brendan Eich’s resignation over his support for California’s 2008 Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage and has since been overturned in court, Andrew Sullivan laments the process by which Eich was compelled to step down. In his post,  Sullivan, a gay man who has been making the conservative case for…Read more Democracy and Disagreement Posted on 9 April 2014 | 11:43 am

No Middle Ground

David Simon, writer of “The Wire,” has a great post responding to my recent essay on the “Misreading of ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem.’” Simon writes: Reading this essay, I began to understand that it suits no one of an ideological bent to land anywhere in the middle on the question of who the Eichmanns are and…Read more No Middle Ground Posted on 10 July 2013 | 10:20 am

Shadow Dance of the Fiscal Cliff

The Hannah Arendt Center has followed the shadow dance of the fiscal cliff less for its fiscal than for its political lessons. While a deal was struck, it is hard not to be impressed by the breakdown of our political class. Like the Europeans, we are now officially kicking the can down the road, refusing…Read more Shadow Dance of the Fiscal Cliff Posted on 3 January 2013 | 12:53 pm

Score One for Democracy

A U.S. District Court Judge ruled late yesterday that college students from Bard College, Marist College, and other local colleges could indeed vote, even though the local Dutchess County Elections Commissioner had refused their registrations, because they left the Room number of their dorms off of their registration forms.  Here is the short story in…Read more Score One for Democracy Posted on 6 November 2012 | 1:22 pm

The Crisis Must Matter

The crisis must matter. The most important divide in political and intellectual life today is between those who see society undergoing a transformative crisis and others who believe that the basic structures the 20th century industrial welfare state will persist. The divide over how to understand the crisis of our times was front and center…Read more The Crisis Must Matter Posted on 28 September 2012 | 5:08 pm

To Deliberate Upon the Public Affairs

“‘[T]he revolution was effected before the war commenced,’ not because of any specifically revolutionary or rebellious spirit but because the inhabitants of the colonies were ‘formed by law into corporations, or bodies politic,’ and possessed ‘the right to assemble … in their town halls, there to deliberate upon the public affairs.” —Hannah Arendt, quoting John…Read more To Deliberate Upon the Public Affairs Posted on 9 July 2012 | 2:02 pm

Roberto Unger: A Wartime Economy Without a War

“Ouch.” With that simple yet evocative Facebook status update, I was led this week on a journey into my intellectual past. The link attached to the painful interjection led to a video by Roberto Mangabeira Unger. It is a provocative video titled “Beyond Obama.” It calls for progressives to work for the defeat of Presidential…Read more Roberto Unger: A Wartime Economy Without a War Posted on 22 June 2012 | 3:25 pm