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Amor Mundi 3/2/14

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 3/2/14 Posted on 3 March 2014 | 11:45 am

Stalin, Hitler, and Cromwell and the Politics of Memory

Peter Singer writes of the suddenly divergent attitudes toward the two greatest mass murderers of the 20th Century, Hitler and Stalin: “Hitler and Stalin were ruthless dictators who committed murder on a vast scale. But, while it is impossible to imagine a Hitler statue in Berlin, or anywhere else in Germany, statues of Stalin have…Read more Stalin, Hitler, and Cromwell and the Politics of Memory Posted on 10 January 2014 | 2:51 pm

Amor Mundi 9/29/13

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 9/29/13 Posted on 30 September 2013 | 4:40 pm

The Courage of Judgment

“Men=earthbound creatures, living in communities, endowed with common sense, sensus communis, a community sense; not autonomous, needing each other’s company even for thinking (“freedom of the pen”)=first part of the Critique of Judgment: aesthetic judgment.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy This fragment from Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy is easy to overlook,…Read more The Courage of Judgment Posted on 20 May 2013 | 1:13 pm

The Impact of Modern Warfare on Power and Politics

No government exclusively based on the means of violence has ever existed. Even the totalitarian ruler, whose chief instrument of rule is torture, needs a power basis—the secret police and its net of informers. Only the development of robot soldiers, which, as previously mentioned, would eliminate the human factor completely and, conceivably, permit one man…Read more The Impact of Modern Warfare on Power and Politics Posted on 15 April 2013 | 1:24 pm

Amor Mundi 4/14/13

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 4/14/13 Posted on 15 April 2013 | 10:56 am

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

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

Rethinking the Unsustainable

There is probably no presidential speech more quoted in Academic circles than Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech, on the final day of his presidency. It was in that speech that Eisenhower warned of the danger of a military-industrial complex. The need for a permanent army and a permanent arms industry creates, he writes, a…Read more Rethinking the Unsustainable Posted on 22 May 2012 | 11:41 am