Tag: Donald Trump
Bad Shakespeare, Bad Politics: The Case of the Central Park “Julius Caesar”
1. Unlike most of those who have felt the need to express an opinion of Oskar Eustis’s production of Julius Caesar at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, I’ve actually seen it. I attended a performance during the third of the three weeks of previews that preceded its formal one-week run — a couple of…
What might Arendt have to say about Trump?
A few people have been asking me my thoughts on the recent surge of interest in Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, in relation to our present political crisis. I’m working on writing something on the subject, but meanwhile – to air some rough ideas – I offer the following snippet of a conversation I had last week…
Arendt: “The reality in which we live”
“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest — forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries. It is as though mankind had divided itself between those who…