Category Archives: Politics

Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt: the Politics of Order and Myth

Here are some highlights from this 2013 book: * In the years since World War II, the prevailing paradigm of politics has largely centred on the redistribution of resources. Hobbes and Schmitt, by contrast, help us appreciate two other conceptions … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Knowledge

Here are some highlights from this 2011 book: * …* more difficult for intellectuals to sustain the type of vertical authority that is associated with the first two types of public intellectuals. With education comes a growing awareness of the … Continue reading

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Intellectuals and their Publics: Perspectives from the Social Sciences

Professor Jeffrey Alexander, a sociologist at Yale, writes in this 2012 book: * Being a public intellectual, in other words, is not just a matter of telling the truth and of being separate and free-floating and truly representing the universal. … Continue reading

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Watergate As Democratic Ritual

Professor Jeffrey Alexander writes in his 2003 book, The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology: * In June 1972, employees of the Republican party made an illegal entry and burglary into the Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate Hotel … Continue reading

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Seizing Power Vs Seeking Outrage

Ezra Klein writes: In his 2020 book “Politics Is for Power,” Eitan Hersh, a political scientist at Tufts, sketched a day in the life of many political obsessives in sharp, if cruel, terms. I refresh my Twitter feed to keep … Continue reading

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