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Hannah Arendt

Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism -- The Path Back to Power

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism is a response to a profoundly dangerous anti-democratic tendency in the U.S., visible as well in other countries. Their manifesto is endorsed by many prominent therapists, and it went public on June 23.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Irritating and irascible, the subject of the documentary short, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, the French intellectual writer and filmmaker, ...

Unmuted Speech Tells New Drug Policy Story at UNGASS 2016

Katherine Pettus | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

World Drug Policy as we know it has changed, following the laws of quantum mechanics and systems biology, which state that even a small, definitive variations can cause large changes within the macro-system.

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Isa Freeling | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

FILM REVIEW: VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT by, Ada Ushpiz A Revelatory Look at One of the 20th Century's Most Controversial Thinkers. Ope...

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?

What Can Harry Potter Teach Us About Evil?

Casper ter Kuile | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Casper ter Kuile

J. K. Rowling's message in the series is that love wins. That love overcomes even death. Harry is protected by his mother's love, a love so primal that Voldemort's killing curse is unable to break it.

Getting to Know Her: A Vital Introduction to Hannah Arendt

John Branch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
John Branch

To reduce Arendt herself, or this book, to a few bullet points is almost laughably inadequate in many respects, as will be apparent to anyone already acquainted with Arendt's life and work.

Exploring the Banality of Evil

Nina Wang | Posted 09.24.2015 | Crime
Nina Wang

The Act of Killing closes with a scene of one death squad killer retching at the site of many of the murders he committed, after playing the victim in one fictional re-enactment of their crimes - a particularly chilling reminder that ordinary people, not monsters, lie behind even the greatest atrocities in history.

Festivals in Krakow and Jerusalem Feature Karski and Arendt

Annette Insdorf | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
Annette Insdorf

In the early 1940s, Jan Karski was a courier for the Polish underground who snuck into the Warsaw Ghetto and then tried to warn Allied leaders about the Nazi extermination of Europe's Jews. At approximately the same time, Hannah Arendt -- a brilliant philosophy student and refugee from Germany -- was fleeing an internment camp in France, and finally arrived in New York.

Exchange and Dissent at the 2015 Havana Biennial

MutualArt | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
MutualArt

The first Havana Biennale to be staged after the reopening of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, a tempered sense of optimism in the country feels tangible. This optimism remains restrained, however, as another, darker, situation casts its shadow over the Biennial's proceedings.

Anti-Semitism and Israel's Moral Imperative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One would think that those who suffered persecution as much as the Jews would treat others with care and sensitivity. That the victim can become a victimizer is painful to face, but it is a reality nonetheless.

Genocidaires

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In The Killing Compartments, Abram De Swaan, an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, provides an insightful analysis of the phenomenon of mass annihilation that is not directly a part of "regular warfare."

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

A Most Wanted Man

Francis Levy | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

A Most Wanted Man is adapted from the John Le Carre novel and it's almost impossible to parse the numerous moral dilemmas that the movie poses amidst the fog of smoke.

Louis Zamperini -- Meet Witold Pilecki

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is a powerful story -- but in quite an unexpected way. If you're thinking Schindler's List, Stalag 17, The Great Escape or -- hold your breath -- TV's Hogan's Heroes, you'd be disappointed.

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

The Legacy of Lost Dreams

Rachael Freed | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

When we write our stories to future generations, we are tempted to tell stories of our successes. It's how we want to be seen and remembered, as succe...

Nazi Love

Francis Levy | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

According to a recent Times story ("Himmler Papers Shed Light On Personal Life of a Nazi," NYT, 1/26/14), Mr. and Mrs. Himmler lived a life that was n...

Oscar Documentaries and Others: The Act of Killing and The Last of the Unjust

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.18.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

147 docs were eligible for Oscars this year. 15 made a short list, and 5 are now contenders. One, The Act of Killing, a first feature length film for ...

Eichmann in Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

David Moshman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
David Moshman

Fifty years ago, controversy raged over philosopher Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Her analysis remains shocking today. Subsequent research, however, has supported and extended her central thesis.

The Last of the Unjust and Its Auteur Are Self-Referential

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Stanton Peele

Murmelstein's opponents in these events are uniformly presented as small-minded and devious, even as the film -- and Murmelstein -- affect a modest sense of irony and self-criticism. Yes, in his humility, Murmelstein manages to be quite self-aggrandizing.

Hawaii Law in Film Festival Asks Hard Questions About Evil

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 11.15.2013 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

Must one mean evil to do evil? Or can evil exist by merely looking the other way?

Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What Larry Kramer, inspired so profoundly by Hannah Arendt, demonstrated is that the importance of our voices -- of speaking our minds and our truths, of organizing, of acting up and out -- can mean the difference between life and death. Which brings us to the situation in Russia.