The Trumpian Imagination

Although many people remain fixated on Trump’s bad policy, corruption, self-dealing, or isolationism—or even in his bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach to climate change—the real danger of this administration lies in how it has unleashed a new, powerful imagination of what it means to be American. The constant denials of reality uttered by Trump and his administration, their…

A Contemporary Encounter with Hannah Arendt

“Understanding and Politics” was an essay published in 1954 by Hannah Arendt, and it points to a key distinction that citizens today must consider. The rise of social media has made it easy, and even fashionable, to post knowledge of the latest outrage—refugee ban, environmental catastrophe, reorganization of the national security council. These things are…