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American Exceptionalism: What Are We Fighting For?

For the Weekend Read this week, we provide an edited transcript of Professor Berkowitz’s speech, which he delivered at the commencement of this year's conference "The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Values Worth Fighting For?" Posted on 18 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics

Roger Berkowitz discusses the nature of democracy in the modern world and compares Jacque's Ranciere's conceptualization of this "paradoxical politics" with that of Hannah Arendt. Posted on 23 August 2014 | 10:00 am

The Pension Crisis in Cities

The Pew Center on the States issued a study this week that sheds further light on our municipal pension problems, a political crisis with strong Arendtian overones. Where most studies have focused on the enormous problems faced by states, this one focuses on cities: Cities employing nearly half of U.S. municipal workers saw their pension…Read more The Pension Crisis in Cities Posted on 17 January 2013 | 2:21 pm

Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics

Politics today is democratic politics. While history has not ended and democracy is not universal, there is no doubt that the spirit of our age is democratic. From France and the United States in the 18th century, to the European revolutions of 1848, to decolonialization in the 20th century, the fall of the Iron Curtain…Read more Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics Posted on 9 March 2012 | 12:35 pm