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Born of Necessity, Blindness, or Strategy: On Greece and the Bureaucratically Divine

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Bureaucracy, as imagined by both Kafka and Arendt, embodies an ideology of necessity through which humans abdicate responsibility for their common world. Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 6/21/15

In our Amor Mundi, we identify the recent church shooting in Charleston as a speakable act, reflect on the Pope's views about climate change, and much more. Posted on 21 June 2015 | 8:01 pm

The Bureaucracy of Sandy

The after effects of Super-storm Sandy are felt from the beaches to the statehouses. First of all, let’s realize it was not a hurricane, but a freakish combination of storm systems. Super-storm is more truthful than hurricane. Whatever it was, it has upended lives, and politics. The Financial Times reports today that Governor Chris Christie…Read more The Bureaucracy of Sandy Posted on 29 November 2012 | 11:35 am

The Fecundity of the Unexpected

Readers of the Hannah Arendt Center blog are well acquainted with the pension train wreck that is heading our way.  It is not only public union pensions but also those corporate pensions that still guarantee defined benefits that are radically underfunded. And what hides the immensity of the problem is continued unrealistic assumptions about long-term…Read more The Fecundity of the Unexpected Posted on 8 August 2012 | 1:03 pm

Saving Pensions: “Technocrats, Not Grandstanding Idealists”

Public pensions are a mess. Ok, where is the hope? Yesterday Gillian Tett offered a rare glimmer of good news in a story about Rhode Island treasurer Gina Raimondo. But the good news comes with a bitter aftertaste. Rhode Island is a small state, but it had one of the worst public pension deficits in…Read more Saving Pensions: “Technocrats, Not Grandstanding Idealists” Posted on 5 April 2012 | 12:11 pm

Pensions: The Unraveling Fiction

How big is the pension crisis in the United States? As I wrote last week, The Pew Charitable Trust has issued a report that there is a whopping $1 trillion dollar gap between the pensions promised to state public employees and the money that has been set aside to pay those pensions. But I also…Read more Pensions: The Unraveling Fiction Posted on 28 March 2012 | 10:13 am

In This Political Year in Which We Will Elect a New President

Just yesterday Republican Candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich began running a television ad called “Timid or Bold.”  The point is to contrast his own apparently bold leadership with Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s supposedly timid style—a style and substance the ad compares with that of Barack Obama. Only Gingrich, so the…Read more In This Political Year in Which We Will Elect a New President Posted on 6 January 2012 | 5:09 pm