Roger Berkowitz

Political Culture, Donald Trump and Education

in Nexus Symposium 2016: Democracy Today in the USA

Donald Trump is not an American phe­nom­e­non, sole­ly an American phe­nom­e­non. We see Trumps emerg­ing all across the West, all across Europe—Western Europe and Eastern Europe. And they are repeat­ing them­selves in very sim­i­lar ways.

The Divided States of America

in Nexus Symposium 2016: Democracy Today in the USA

I think there’s a great deal of naiveté about how pol­i­tics actu­al­ly works. And this is where either wing—the Trump wing or the Sanders wing—don’t under­stand how pol­i­tics actu­al­ly works in Washington.

Roger Berkowitz on Refiguring American Government

in Nexus Symposium 2016: Democracy Today in the USA

The great dan­ger and fear that I have is that in the last fifty to sev­en­ty years, pow­er has increas­ing­ly con­cen­trat­ed not only in the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment but in the pres­i­den­cy.

President Trump: The End of American Democracy?

in Nexus Symposium 2016: Democracy Today in the USA

One thing I can say is that I don’t think we know very much about Donald Trump, which is one of the things that’s scary about him but also one of the things that’s excit­ing about him.

Roger Berkowitz on Hannah Arendt

in Nexus Symposium 2016: Democracy Today in the USA

Hannah Arendt loved it when unex­pect­ed things hap­pened in pol­i­tics. She thinks and thought that spon­tane­ity, new­ness… She used the word natal­i­ty,” which is often mis­used and abused in her work by oth­ers, but it means birth, birth­li­ness. And she thought that what made human beings dif­fer­ent from oth­er ani­mals is not that we were ratio­nal, but that we could start things new.