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Why Must We Care

Is there such a thing as too much free speech? The Editors at N+1 think so. They posted an editorial this week lamenting the overabundance of speaking that has swept over our nation like a plague: A strange mania governs the people of our great nation, a mania that these days results in many individual…Read more Why Must We Care Posted on 31 January 2014 | 3:47 pm

Nettlesomeness and Humanity

Magnus Carlsen—just 22 years old—beat Viswanathan Anand (the reigning world chess champion) this week at the World Chess Championships in Chennai, India. There has been much excitement about Carlsen’s victory, and not simply because of his youth. As Joe Weisenthal writes, Carlsen’s win signifies the emergence of a new kind of chess. We can profitably…Read more Nettlesomeness and Humanity Posted on 22 November 2013 | 1:13 pm

Amor Mundi 2/24/13

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 2/24/13 Posted on 24 February 2013 | 8:30 am

Secondhand Gun Smoke

“The extreme form of power is All against One, the extreme form of violence is One against All. And this latter is never possible without instruments.” Hannah Arendt, On Violence The instruments that Hannah Arendt refers to in this quote are instruments of violence, that is to say, weapons.  Weapons, which in the main, translates…Read more Secondhand Gun Smoke Posted on 11 February 2013 | 11:00 am

All of the Experts are Dead

“Snow Fall” is an essay by John Branch that appeared on the NY Times online yesterday. It is, simply, gripping. I read it holding my small screen, shaking, and could not put it down. Here is how Branch describes the internal life of Elyse Saugstad as she experienced beings swallowed up by an avalanche. She…Read more All of the Experts are Dead Posted on 21 December 2012 | 1:38 pm