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mirror on the wall

Community | nationalism | Reinhold Niebuhr | selfies

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: On National Self-Understanding

Can we overcome our collective illusions about ourselves?

May 24, 2021

Hannah Arendt | nationalism | refugees | suicide | World War II

Reading Arendt, Connecting the Dots

You may remember a moment during this news-saturated summer when suicide was atop the national headlines. Two famous people, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, took their lives days apart, and for a brief period the events of the Trump administration g...

September 6, 2018

Albert Marrin | Arthur Conan Doyle | Church of England | Holy War | nationalism | patriotism | World War I

An Irrelevant War?

Thursday the United States observed the centennial of its entry into World War I, a move which, historians like to say, “changed everything.” The nation lost 116,000 troops while nine million lives were lost worldwide. The map of Europe was reconfigu...

April 10, 2017