Eight Proposed Rules for Sustaining Democratic Autonomy and Local Resilience in Public “Council System” Meetings:

1. You are here only as citizens in your capacity as individual human persons; that plus the facts of your natality—that we are all born into this world—and your mortality—that we shall all die within a span of roughly 100 years—are the unique sources of our moral and political equality, on which the Constitutional notion … More Eight Proposed Rules for Sustaining Democratic Autonomy and Local Resilience in Public “Council System” Meetings:

Introduction: Hannah Arendt and the Council System

Hannah Arendt is perhaps most highly regarded for her insights into political authority and totalitarianism, her critiques of Western philosophy and modernity (especially her blistering criticism of the “social sciences”). Hannah Arendt’s defense of politics as uniquely humanizing and ennobling rests on her conviction that, for “the realm of human affairs,” opinion is more fundamental … More Introduction: Hannah Arendt and the Council System

AMERICA’S REAL CROSSROADS: ABOUT THAT EQUALITY THING

I recently gave a talk on Hannah Arendt’s analysis of Western political experience. Afterwards, a man came up to me and said “There’s no such thing as equality.” He doesn’t get it. Of course there is no equality of traits like strength, talent, good looks, education, social status, and economic position among humans. But the … More AMERICA’S REAL CROSSROADS: ABOUT THAT EQUALITY THING