The Amor Mundi Podcast Episode 11: Masha Gessen03-08-2021
In the latest Amor Mundi Podcast, Roger Berkowitz and Masha Gessen talk about how even amidst the rise of subjectivism and the internalization of the world—what Hannah Arendt calls world alienation—there has remained a commitment to a common or shared world. Yet, it is precisely that common world that today seems endangered, and Gessen asks how language is used in anti-political ways to undermine the world we share. If the common world is shattered, the question is whether a new story can be told and constituted to rebuild a common world. Berkowitz and Gessen ask: What would it mean in the wake of both the Trump Presidency and the Black Lives Matter Movement to retell the American story? But is the story of America the unfulfilled story of the Langston Hughes, that America has not yet lived up to its promise? Is it the story of competent management and technocracy? Or is it the story of decentralized and local government, a humbler and more anarchic amalgamation of plural and different people who come together around an embrace of freedom? Touching on the importance of hypocrisy, the rise of the masses, and the perils of bi-partisanship, Gessen and Berkowitz embrace politics as a conversation, the attempt to figure out how we live together.
Podcast editing and music by Andy Evan Cohen. Additional narration by Janet Bentley.
Illustration by Grant Barnhart.