In an essay on Arendt in this year’s Critique 13/13 Seminars, Seyla Benhabib asks whether it makes sense to read Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition as a core text in the somewhat arcane world of critical theory. For Benahabib, Arendt’s text is “critical” insofar as it “shares with the Marxist tradition a critique of the alienation of the homo faber from the products...
Matt Richtel and Andrew Jacobs report on one of the greatest threats to our way of life, the rise of bacteria and fungi that are impervious to medications. The culprit, as with so much in our modern health and environmental crises, is the overuse of antibiotics and antifungal medications in farming.
The New York Times is running a series of articles on privacy called the Privacy Project. James Martin has an excellent essay on the double way that privacy is addressed in the Bible.
In a 1967, Hannah Arendt had a discussion with Noam Chomsky and other prominent antiwar movement intellectuals on “The Legitimacy of Violence as a Political Act?” Their chat was recorded and published in an obscure volume on “Dissent, Power, and Confrontation.”
Deogratias Niyizonkiza visited Bard College on March 4th, as the second speaker of the 2019
Courage to Be lecture series.
The folks at PEN ask, is there a crisis of free speech on college campuses. And once again, they answer “no.”
Matt Taibbi is publishing his new book Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another alongside a series of emails. (The emails are available by subscription.) In his inaugural post, Taibbi describes why the cover of his book includes Rachel Maddow alongside Sean Hannity. Taibbi argues that Maddow is the poster-person for the rise of hate-filled journalism on the left, but he offers some praise for Maddow and argues that almost all of those journalists now criticizing her are guilty of much of the same excesses, irresponsibility, and hate mongering that she practiced.