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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

Destiny and Democracy

Ian Storey invokes two pieces by E. B. White to speculate on the United States fear for the world it must confront today. Posted on 6 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 9/15/13

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 9/15/13 Posted on 16 September 2013 | 2:13 pm

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

Robert Frost on Thinking and Voting

“Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.” -Robert Frost Posted on 6 November 2012 | 12:08 pm

On Voting

I recently received the following excerpted from a long comment from Justine Parkin, a reader and a recent college graduate from the University of California, at Berkeley. Justine wrote: The question posed in the 2012 Hannah Arendt conference “Does the President matter?” remains on my mind. It is, I think, related to another important question, namely…Read more On Voting Posted on 6 November 2012 | 11:03 am

Voting for Frito Lay

In a column in The Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger writes: The tipping point toward a candidate is perhaps the greatest act of individuality in our unique democracy, although in this day and age of unprecedented political divide, telling somebody who you are voting for has no upside: There is no respect for your right as…Read more Voting for Frito Lay Posted on 8 October 2012 | 11:04 am

Thinking Challenge Excerpt-The Voiceless Generation – Emily M. Pascual

The hard reality is that our generation as a whole is under informed and over complacent. The system may be flawed, but the only way to bring about significant change is to engage ourselves in the democratic process. Our generation seems more celebrity obsessed and needs to realize the effects of choosing apathy over engagement,…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-The Voiceless Generation – Emily M. Pascual Posted on 27 September 2011 | 12:23 pm