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sea salt

Sea-salted air like salted caramel,

at the bottom of the ocean lies a pearl

that waits for time to find it.

And the time the moon takes… 90 more words

Poetry

Complexity, Absurdity, and the Problem of Political Control

“Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it.

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Hannah Arendt, Totalitarian Thought, and Trump

Trump has been caught again in the swamp of mendacity which he calls home.  (I would have called him a bald-faced, full-of-shit liar…but he is the President of the United States and deserves my respect!!!)  Specifically, he was very critical of the U.K Prime Minister, Teresa May yesterday but today took a totally different stance, denying the harsh criticism he had leveled at her.  453 more words

Donald Trump

Hannah Arendt on unanimity of opinion

Unanimity of opinion is a very ominous phenomenon, and one characteristic of our modern mass age. It destroys social and personal life, which is based on the fact that we are different by nature and by conviction.

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Hannah Arendt

Defending Political Liberty in an Administered World

This is a very rough work in progress continuing on from my recent post on ‘Law, Judgement, Republicanism’.

The problems with a free and open political and judicial culture were diagnosed by Max Weber in his discussion of bureaucracy, which itself draws directly and indirectly on various accounts of the problems of bureaucratisation and administration of the social world (which itself began in the 18th century, at least in terms of explicit discussion  of bureaucracy). 980 more words

Liberty

Let’s just say labor is cyclical.

There is no need to make some never-ending story of it.