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Courting Failure: On Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt’s Readings of the Schlemiel - An Essay Published in Berfrois

I recently wrote an essay on Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt’s readings of the schlemiel and published it on the online journal Berfrois.  This essay touches on thinkers and themes that will appear in my book on the schlemiel.   30 more words

Hannah Arendt: American Education

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), a German-born Jewish-American political theorist, wrote an essay on America’s education system in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education (1954). “Reflections on Little Rock” (1959) discusses de-segregation, bussing, states’ rights, etc. 457 more words


Ode to capitalism: let me be who you want me to be

The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. 652 more words

Julie Diebold

The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State

“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps.

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Government Tyranny

Good and Evil

I’ve discovered I don’t know what evil is, or goodness either.

 My confusion started with Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem, in which she describes “the banality of evil.” The book is very good – the account of the trial, what Eichmann actually said, the exploration of his psychology – but… 450 more words

The Higher Sociopathy

In the annals of moral casuistry, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example of the perils of moral reasoning than this defense, brought to you by… 779 more words

Political Theory

The Immorality of the Death Penalty

Many executed here / by the awful lawfully good – Morrissey in his song Mountjoy

I was astounded the other day when I was looking up Governor Perry’s death stats.  871 more words