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Video Archives – What Does It Mean To Educate Citizens? (2013)

In this week's Video Archives, we look back at a talk Bard College President Leon Botstein gave on the state of American education at the Hannah Arendt Center's seventh annual conference. Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 9/14/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the similarities between art and athleticism, reflect on President Obama's unexpected embrace of unilateralism, examine human relationships in an increasingly mechanized world, and much more. Posted on 15 September 2014 | 11:30 am

The Banality of Butter

Darin Strauss has a thoughtful essay bringing Hannah Arendt’s banality of evil thinking to bear on the Paula Deen scandal, something we at the Arendt Center had thought very little about. She writes: Here’s a relevant fact. We know that Deen said “n—–r,” owned permissive restaurants, about the lady’s crude humor. But we know something…Read more The Banality of Butter Posted on 3 July 2013 | 1:06 pm

Holes of Oblivion Open Up in China

One central feature of totalitarianism is the desire of those at the top of the movement to retain full—that is, total—control of their people. Total control requires, at times, the ability to lie, especially when facts on the ground fail to conform with past and present pronouncements. The strength of any totalitarian system can, in…Read more Holes of Oblivion Open Up in China Posted on 6 December 2012 | 11:09 am

Corruption Takes Root

What is the essence of corruption? This is a question raised by the recent Supreme Court jurisprudence around Citizens United v. FEC. For Justice Kennedy and the Court has concluded, as a matter of law, that only quid pro quo corruption is corruption. An out and out bribe is corrupting, but throwing a congressman a…Read more Corruption Takes Root Posted on 26 October 2012 | 8:30 pm

Leadership or Arrogance?

Have you not watched Newt Gingrich’s take down of CNN’s John King at the opening of the Republican debate last night? You should.   Gingrich’s supremely confident critique of the media’s obsession with personal issues certainly put the Republican contest back in play and may have set him on the road to the nomination. It…Read more Leadership or Arrogance? Posted on 20 January 2012 | 1:52 pm