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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

Amor Mundi 9/8/13

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 9/8/13 Posted on 9 September 2013 | 1:49 pm

A Common Language

“Any period to which its own past has become as questionable as it has to us must eventually come up against the phenomenon of language, for in it the past is contained ineradicably, thwarting all attempts to get rid of it once and for all. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom…Read more A Common Language Posted on 9 September 2013 | 11:30 am

Generational Theft

In this video, Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone and Peter Druckmiller, a hedge fund manager, make their argument that the uncontrolled rise of entitlements and government debt is an unconscionable theft from children and the future generations. Finally, those who care about government and the future are starting to realize that protecting entitlements…Read more Generational Theft Posted on 22 February 2013 | 11:05 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

The Pension Crisis Blame Game

Two articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times this weekend show the grave threats to two great institutions, both of which I care deeply about. The Times has a story on the threatened cuts looming over the University of California and the State University of California system. Class sizes have increased,…Read more The Pension Crisis Blame Game Posted on 4 June 2012 | 11:19 am

New York Times Pension Crisis

My colleague Walter Russell Mead has also been covering the entitlements problem that pensions pose.  He has an excellent post on the current dispute over pensions at the NY Times. The Times staff is considering a strike to defend its defined benefit contribution plan—a plan that guarantees a certain yearly payment until death. These pension…Read more New York Times Pension Crisis Posted on 24 April 2012 | 10:59 am

Pension Ponzis: Questions About the Public Interest

The public pension crisis is eroding the American social contract. While many are up in arms against Governor Scott Walker’s heavy-handed attack on public unions, the fact is that Democratic governors in NY and California are also struggling with the inevitable need to reduce public pensions. Governor Jerry Brown in California admitted recently that public…Read more Pension Ponzis: Questions About the Public Interest Posted on 20 March 2012 | 11:29 am