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National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm

Arendt on Reproductive Technologies, Labor, and Action

“Hannah Arendt, Feminist Theorizing, and the Debate Over New Reproductive Technologies” Kimberley F. Curtis, Polity, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter, 1995), pp. 159-187 Kimberley Curtis employs Arendt’s conceptual categories in The Human Condition to critically distinguish between scientific interventions that control fertility and those that endeavor to produce fertility. In doing so, she both offers…Read more Arendt on Reproductive Technologies, Labor, and Action Posted on 4 December 2013 | 10:59 am

Ideological Blindness

It would be too much to hope that my plea to end the ideological warfare over Hannah Arendt would win over either those who insist she is a Nazi-lover or those who thinks she walks on water. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised that most people saw my essay for what it was: a…Read more Ideological Blindness Posted on 11 July 2013 | 10:05 am

The Burqa and the Political Realm

“The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition Over the past decade, European public opinion has roiled with controversy over the full face covering – the niqab or burqa – of Muslim women. According…Read more The Burqa and the Political Realm Posted on 30 October 2012 | 11:01 am

Pensions and Pariahs

My post on the Public Pension Crisis has found an intriguing embrace. It has been taken up with gusto by a series of good government groups who are sounding the alarms about the pension crisis.  I am heartened they responded so favorably to the essay.  Indeed, I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised that…Read more Pensions and Pariahs Posted on 26 March 2012 | 3:59 pm

Vigilance in the Name of Freedom

I recently was sent the following quotation by Friedrich Hayek, the economist and political thinker. Personally, I find that the most objectionable feature of the conservative attitude is its propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge because it dislikes some of the consequences which seem to follow from it – or, to put it bluntly, its…Read more Vigilance in the Name of Freedom Posted on 27 January 2012 | 11:55 am