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  • Jake 18 months ago

    Thank you for the embed!

  • Thomas 18 months ago

    An excellent confluence of Arendt- analysis and synthesis! You seem struck by the concept of politics and plurality- one of Arendt’s key foci in the work. How do you feel Arendt’s characterization of politics meshes with your generations attitudes, experiences and possible futures?

    Some quotes that stood out to me… “when we are not stranded by our own individuality” “Fair…equal and….doing there job (doing their job, an action!” “Can you run for president in the United States if you are not a millionaire…..”

  • Mary Ann Reilly 18 months ago

    What I enjoyed so much was seeing how animated you are about Arendt and reading Arendt. BTW, Mitt Romney income was $25 million last year and he paid at a 13% tax rate.

    Hard to keep the faith.

    Look forward to your next installment.

  • Jake 18 months ago

    Thank you so much Marry Ann! I totally agree. Arendt helps me to justify this in my own way, a very important factor.

  • Ralph Moore 18 months ago

    Let’s dig into her “hope” and “fear” dichotomy. You do well to highlight the urgency she feels. Also, the tension between “individuality” and the political arena that seems inherently to squeeze it, the concept of being “free” only within some intermediary space provided in the dynamics of politics. Fabulous stuff for the yoghurt we’re swimming in today! Thanks!

  • Shoshana 18 months ago

    Hi Jake,
    I really loved your video blog! I cherish Arendt because she penetrates to first principles in everything she touches. I was excited by the way you followed her reasoning down to the essence and captured the origin of the political: we are born separate but must live together. Understanding this allows one to accept many things political that otherwise seem sketchy. On the other hand, as you point out, the US system has been disfigured by money. Not just the wealth one must have to run for office, but the effect of lobbyists and their money too. And now the PACS and the SUPER PACS! This all is so inconsistent with HA’s conception of the PROMISE of politics. Or is it? What do you think? I’d like the Supreme Court Justices to see your blog!

    One question I do have for you is your comments on the quote you read about family and the role of family in contrast to politics. I am not sure about that. I think there may be an argument there that family is the space for the individual, whereas politics is the space in which everyone is “the same”? I encourage you to explore that, as it’s very relevant to your general interest in the relationship between the individual and the larger social system.

    I can’t wait to hear and read more of your reflections on these topics!

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