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Amor Mundi 2/15/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we investigate the increasing use of shell corporations in high-end real estate, reflect on the changing disposition of the public intellectual, comment on the dynamic nature of blogging, and much more. Posted on 16 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 2/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the rules of the modern political correctness movement, reflect on the state of anti-rape activities on college campuses, revisit our understanding of affluence in America, and much more. Posted on 2 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 4/7/13

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 4/7/13 Posted on 8 April 2013 | 2:57 pm

Generational Injustice

Walter Russell Mead is getting it right about the utter selfishness of the boomer generation and how it is bankrupting our governments, thus leaving government incapable of public services for the next generation. This story is about more than just high gas prices or taxes. It’s yet another case of the boomer generation stealing from…Read more Generational Injustice Posted on 8 February 2013 | 12:11 pm

The Merging of High Schools and Colleges

The Wall St. Journal reports that more high school students are taking college courses for credit. The number of students under age 18 enrolled in community-college courses rose more than 50% in the past 10 years, to about 855,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. The group says…Read more The Merging of High Schools and Colleges Posted on 20 December 2012 | 11:28 am

Score One for Democracy

A U.S. District Court Judge ruled late yesterday that college students from Bard College, Marist College, and other local colleges could indeed vote, even though the local Dutchess County Elections Commissioner had refused their registrations, because they left the Room number of their dorms off of their registration forms.  Here is the short story in…Read more Score One for Democracy Posted on 6 November 2012 | 1:22 pm

The Crisis Must Matter

The crisis must matter. The most important divide in political and intellectual life today is between those who see society undergoing a transformative crisis and others who believe that the basic structures the 20th century industrial welfare state will persist. The divide over how to understand the crisis of our times was front and center…Read more The Crisis Must Matter Posted on 28 September 2012 | 5:08 pm

Why the President Matters in the 21st Century-Mateus Baptista

We face a challenge of leadership; there is a void in our body politics that remains to be filled. First, expectations of the president need to re-evaluated. The public’s perception of the president is unrealistic and inflated. A CBS News/New York Times poll in March 2012 reported that 54% of people believe the president “can…Read more Why the President Matters in the 21st Century-Mateus Baptista Posted on 4 September 2012 | 12:38 pm

Redefining “Liberal”

I am not usually hanging out on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website, but a former student and current Arendt Center Intern alerted me to his Reverence’s recent review of Marilynne Robinson’s newest book, When I Was A Child I Read Books. It turns out the Archbishop and I share a fondness in brilliant contemporary authors:…Read more Redefining “Liberal” Posted on 24 August 2012 | 12:26 pm

Roberto Unger: A Wartime Economy Without a War

“Ouch.” With that simple yet evocative Facebook status update, I was led this week on a journey into my intellectual past. The link attached to the painful interjection led to a video by Roberto Mangabeira Unger. It is a provocative video titled “Beyond Obama.” It calls for progressives to work for the defeat of Presidential…Read more Roberto Unger: A Wartime Economy Without a War Posted on 22 June 2012 | 3:25 pm