Michael Weinman (Bard): Arendt and the Legitimate Expectation for Hospitality and Membership Today. Marieke Borren reviews Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants by Ayten Gundogdu. Daniel Brennan (Bond): Considering the Public Private-Dichotomy: Hannah Arendt, Vaclav Havel and Victor Klemperer on the Importance of the Private. What Hannah Arendt’s philosophy can teach us about Trump, Brexit and the dangers of isolation: Sean Illing interviews Lyndsey Stonebridge, author of The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremburg. What does it mean to love the world? Samantha Rose on Hannah Arendt and amor mundi.

Julen Etxabe reviews Arendt’s Judgment: Freedom, Responsibility, Citizenship by Jonathan Peter Schwartz and A Democratic Theory of Judgment by Linda M. G. Zerilli. George Prochnik on what Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt can teach us about evil today. Never-before-published Hannah Arendt on what freedom and revolution really mean.


Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): The People Against the Constitution. Is American democracy really under threat? The country’s turbulent politics, in perspective. Donald Trump is an ambassador from the abyss: Alienation is threatening democracy — only solidarity can save it. This is what the beginning of the end of democracy looks like: Across the world, our form of government may have already reached its zenith. Why do democracies fail? David Frum reviews Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy by Daniel Ziblatt. The “wave” of right-wing populist sentiment is a myth. Alexei Yurchak (UC Berkeley): Trump, Monstration and the Limits of Liberalism. Ignore the populists, neoliberalism is the best system the world has ever known.


Aaron Perzanowski (Case Western): Tattoos and IP Norms. How much can one strongman change a country? Recep Tayyip Erdogan is thinking about his legacy and his own mortality — he desires power, but not necessarily for its own sake. Neo-cons are pushing Trump toward regime change in Iran. Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat. The era of chaos-inducing ransomware is here and it’s scary as hell. Disrupt the citizen: Nikil Saval is against ride-sharing. Google and Facebook now make more from ads than every newspaper, magazine, and radio network in the world combined. Beauty beyond binaries: Being pretty is a privilege that we refuse to acknowledge.


Trumpcare is a giant slush fund: A provision in the Senate’s bill gives states near-carte blanche to spend health care money on whatever they want. Democrats are warning that Trumpcare will kill people — is it convincing? I only protested the Affordable Care Act because the president was black — please don’t take away my health insurance. Republicans don’t hold town halls anymore. Even Paul Ryan admits Trumpcare is crap. Warren: The next step for Dems is single-payer health care. Why Donald Trump can’t make deals in Washington: The big problem is he has no idea what he’s talking about. If Republicans lose the healthcare fight, it's the beginning of the end. This is how Trumpism died: Donald Trump won the battle — the Republican Party won the war.


Your soon-to-be college freshman is probably reading about racism — and these professors say that’s a bad thing. Political polarization among college freshmen is at a record high, as is the share identifying as “far left”. How American colleges became bastions of sex, booze and entitlement: An excerpt from American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade. Trump the union buster: For graduate students fighting to unionize, time is running out. The myth of the English major barista: The old joke that consigns people who graduate with English degrees to a permanent life in food service says less about them and more about our culture. Our college students are changing — why aren’t our higher education policies?

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