Living Amidst the ShadowsRoger Berkowitz
Suzy Hansen writes about the photographs and the journey of Turkish photographer Emin Özmen as he has documented Turkey’s descent from a democracy on the cusp of joining the European Union to an autocracy. Hansen collaborates with Özmen whose haunting photographs make palpable sense of powerlessness in Erdogan’s Turkey.
Racism and Institutional ChangeRoger Berkowitz
John McWhorter, very much like Corey Robin, also argues that the left needs to change its focus from questions of recognition to questions of power. For McWhorter, evidence of the mistake made by contemporary leftist politics is the language of “systematic racism.”
Capitalism and EmpathyRoger Berkowitz
For Corey Robin, the history of the last 300 years teaches us that the most important political struggles are about who can regulate the market. Whoever does so will determine where power rests. And that is the lesson Robin argues the present-day left is refusing to learn.
What we learnedThe midterm elections saw many crazy Trump-identified candidates lose, which dragged down the Republican Party and allowed the Democrats to hold the Senate. As of now, however, Republican candidates did win the popular vote. What is more, the Republicans continued to make strong inroads into core Democratic constituencies in Hispanic and Black voters, as well as college-educated white women in the suburbs.
Realists, Optimists, and RevisionistsRoger Berkowitz
As Ukraine consolidates its victories in the South, it is worth asking, when and how will this war end? Ivan Krastev asks this question and outlines three different positions, the realists, the optimists, and the revisionists.
Taiwanese NationalismRoger Berkowitz
I landed in Taipei just hours ago en route to a four day workshop on Nationalism sponsored by OSUN’s Hannah Arendt Humanities Network and the National Sun-Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung. On the flight over I read a recent essay by Orville Schell that argues how Taiwan’s incredible success has led to a global crisis.
Bigger Brain: Student Fellow Sage Saccomanno reflectsSage Saccomanno
When I started working at HAC as a fellow three years ago, I never expected to be starting my own business before I graduated from Bard.
A Week of ConfusionsRoger Berkowitz
An attempted attack on the husband of the Speaker of the House of Representatives is met with denial and conspiratorial deflection. Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, and J.D. Vance might actually become U.S. Senators. Kanye West and Kyrie Irving are cancelled. The confusion inherent in these events is evidence that the foundations of our world are shifting. Hannah Arendt warned against trying to understand the present by simple analogy to the past. We have to be open to the possibility that something radically new is upon us. In this case, the present is both new and old.
An Aesthetic FindRoger Berkowitz
Of all of Hegel’s great works, only the Aesthetics has not yet existed in a complete form. That may change.
A Cultural BreakdownRoger Berkowitz
Political violence is on the rise. The attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband this week is only the latest example.