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vats_gaurav03: One of the most Powerful scholar on Totalitarianism. Hannah Arendt was a Jew in Hitler's Germany and her work is a grim reflection of the times. I wish we would have read her.

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anitajoshua: "It has frequently been pointed out that totalitarian movements use and abuse democratic freedoms in order to abolish them." — Hannah Arendt

dlingenfelter: "One can’t say how life is, how chance or fate deals with people, except by telling the tale." -Hannah Arendt

alissamarie: It’s my dream dinner party, made up of nine women — some food writers, many not — who I just wanted to get to know better and wanted to share, too: Ella Baker, Laurie Colwin, Agnes Varda, Hannah Arendt, Octavia Butler, and more. (It makes a very good gift too)

1Sychronicity: "Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." Hannah Arendt.

Shubham00648077: Hannah Arendt wrote banality of evil with these people in mind. Look at that moron smiling.

radianru_: How wired by nature and primed by culture are we really to uphold true equality for our fellow human beings?

brainpicker: Hannah Arendt on human nature vs. culture, what equality really means, and how our language confers reality upon our experience

clpauwels: “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction...and the distinction between true and false... no longer exist.” ~ Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Crowd_LOC: "I fear I have been adding poems all summer...I don't know what I've added but a crack inside me was filled." Poet Robert Lowell to Hannah Arendt, August 1969. Transcribe their correspondence: 

Samantharhill: "Whoever cannot be mobilized when freedom is threatened will not be mobilized at all." — Hannah Arendt

umi_tomoko: "No one has the right to obey." Hannah Arendt

ramcnally: Writers, read this thread from fine reporter & writer Dashka Slater on book banning, totalitarian thinking, and why our writer’s allegiance belongs only to the truth. Never hurts to have Hannah Arendt in your corner.

b10tt0: I just got so excited about getting a reference to Hannah Arendt in "Room 1408"

AmyKosari: Hannah Arendt on Eichmann, Banality, Guilt & Obedience (1964)

GuardianJessica: Found this in a French book shop, by Hannah Arendt: "When everyone lies to you, it results not in you believing the lies, but everyone not believing in anything anymore. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind." (1/2)

americanlawtv: Hannah Arendt Explains How Propaganda Uses Lies to Erode All Truth & Morality: Insights from The Origins of Totalitarianism

spturgon: "In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything & nothing, think that everything was possible & nothing was true…"

Charles_S_Viar: As Hannah Arendt pointed out, the essential nature of totalitarianism is the murder-of-innocents-by-the-millions. Think about it...

agdemesaphoto: Re-reading Hannah Arendt because the times they are a fascist

katewillett: I mean at what point is there a distinction between the people thinking up the evil orders and the people willing to enforce them without question. Thinking a lot about Hannah Arendt.

Smuconn: The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist.” – Hannah Arendt

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Samantharhill: "When the writing on the wall becomes too frightening, most people flee to the reassurance of day-to-day life with its unchanging, pressing demands. And this temptation today is all the stronger since any long-range view of history isn't very encouraging either..." Hannah Arendt

morphotactics: Hannah Arendt staring into my soul and reading my mind is an unsettling start for the day

reigen_fact: I expect a lot from you. Be brave. Be active. And become"thinkable people." And of course, your … 《Hannah Arendt 》

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RobertCFried: The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Samantharhill: "Mass leaders in power have one concern which overrules all utilitarian considerations: to make their predictions come true." ― Hannah Arendt

SteeleDaddy: “Totalitarian propaganda exhibits an extreme contempt for facts” —Hannah Arendt

MichaelJKanaan: Noodle on this quote: "A people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can do what you please." - Hannah Arendt

Samantharhill: "You can't pursue politics with people who are accustomed to accepting evil instead of resisting it—even if that is under the pretense of avoiding a greater evil." — Hannah Arendt

KenSchuffler: Like Hannah Arendt made clear in the Origins Of Totalitarianism, EVIL comes from people just behaving normally with beliefs based on NOTHING. Same for the idiots trying to ban abortion! Are

krenitsele: From “Personal Responsibility under Dictatorship” by Hannah Arendt

dailyonequote: "Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible." - Hannah Arendt

IlyaMatveev_: I must admit that at some point during my studies I was inspired by American constitutionalism. I blame 1) Hannah Arendt and her naive and misleading portrayal of US politics,

zarandillo: “History,” Arendt writes to people like me, “has forced the status of outlaws upon both, upon pariahs and parvenus alike. The latter have not yet accepted the great wisdom of Balzac’s ‘On ne parvient pas deux fois;’ thus they don’t understand the wild dreams..." Hannah Arendt

aeonmag: ‘What’s essential is, I must understand’: a rare candid interview with Hannah Arendt. Last week’s most viewed on Aeon Video:

Samantharhill: Theodor Adorno: It is the community of lies in which the leader and the led come together. Hannah Arendt: Lies have always been regarded as justifiable tools in political dealings. George Orwell: Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.

Samantharhill: "I will admit that there are other people who are primarily interested in doing something. I am not. I can very well live without doing anything. But I cannot live without at least trying to understand whatever happens." Hannah Arendt, 1972

Samantharhill: "No one has the right to obey." — Hannah Arendt

yalepress: Out today: A GOOD AND DIGNIFIED LIFE, a timely and provocative essay about the parallel lives of Rosa Luxemburg and Hannah Arendt and their mission for a more humane society.

jordifarrecoma: Arendt concludes that the loss of community comes before the loss of rights because without a community, a person is not protected at all. Hannah Arendt: The Philosophy of Totalitarianism

RoughlyDaily: “[Hannah] Arendt wrote about the subjugation of public space – in effect the disappearance of public space, which, by depriving a person of boundaries and agency, rendered him profoundly lonely” - Masha Gessen

DenisDaly: The word fascism is overused today. However, what we have seen in the US over the last 6 years especially is blatant, in your face fascism. Women, children, minorities, Unions, freedom of speech, are the first casualties of fascism (Hannah Arendt).

KLsecondcity: …had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

RonBaldwin: “In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. ... ” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

LitPerdida: 18. "Hannah Arendt" (2012), de Margarethe von Trotha.

MeaningBot42: ”How to live with life – Hannah Arendt, born on this day in 1909.

TinoPinho61: …the amazing fact is that…[the Statist true believer] is…[unlikely] to waver [in his loyalty] when the monster(the State) begins to devour its own children and not even if he becomes a victim of persecution himself, if he is framed and condemned Hannah Arendt

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crossmansusanna: “For politics is not like the nursery; in politics obedience and support are the same.” Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

ultimate1us: Hannah Arendt - “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”

ar_nkam: "The opposite of the beautiful is not the ugly but the useful, the good for." Hannah Arendt's notes on Kant

blackrepublican: Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil “People who do evil are not necessarily monsters; sometimes they’re just bureaucrats.” The Eichmann she observed on trial was neither brilliant nor a sociopath”

madariedesemma: Anybody who has ever heard about Kant, Hannah Arendt or E.T.A. Hoffmann should be a Königsberg obsessive

ahf77118198: "The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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champday: Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. ~ Hannah Arendt

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Samantharhill: "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." — Hannah Arendt

vincenxxzo: You're cool but not Hannah Arendt smoking a cigarette cool

PhilosophyMttrs: Hannah Arendt: The Philosophy of Totalitarianism -- Between fleeing Hitler's Germany and understanding the role of her kind in the Holocaust, Hannah Arendt became one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century ...

stuartlosaltos: What a wonderful term! Desk murderer! The genius of Hannah Arendt knows no bounds. My mind is blown.

kristinrawls: Okay, more seriously, I think I've settled on "Illuminations" with the tagline "Critique and invective at the end of the world." It's a nod to the title Hannah Arendt gave Walter Benjamin's book of essays in death that most people will not recognize. So it doesn't sound...

Samantharhill: "One doesn't always have to speak." — Hannah Arendt

nobleknight22: learning a lot about Hannah Arendt today

stuartlosaltos: Hannah Arendt knew what was what.

susiehawkes: “One of the greatest advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.” Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

JohnDCook: "The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist." -- Hannah Arendt (1906--1975)

highbrow_nobrow: “The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.” ― Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Samantharhill: "We are free to change the world and start something new in it." — Hannah Arendt

LaRoeDesign: Anyone else have "Hannah Arendt was the Nostradamus of the MAGA-fied GOP on their Bingo[tm]?" Anybody? Anybody? ... Buehler?

judystout1: More than two decades after her death in 1975, Hannah Arendt has emerged as the political theorist of the post-totalitarian moment.

indusperson: "Fanon's 'worst rhetorical excesses' such as "hunger with dignity is preferable to bread eaten in slavery" No history and no theory is needed to refute this statement; the most superficial observer of the processes that go on in the human body knows its untruth" - Hannah Arendt

RezaSoufian: "While strength is the natural quality of an individual seen in isolation, power springs up between men when they act together and vanishes the moment they disperse." Hannah Arendt

RandomQ85433955: The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists. ~ Hannah Arendt (The Origins of Totalitarianism)

youshayjwd: The sad truth of the matter is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be or do either evil or good. - The Life of the Mind by Hannah Arendt

bengrossbg: Hannah Arendt went to a Rosa Luxembourg speech when she was a kid!

sock_dem: Wow, Hannah Arendt wrote a book about me

Samantharhill: "The chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error." ― Hannah Arendt

SouthernGemGal: People hate when you see through their bullshyt. It’s why many hate Ayn Rand. She saw through most of the nonsense. Hannah Arendt is another. Real intelligence is frowned upon by men AND women.

bengrossbg: Watching the Hannah Arendt documentary tonight

a_centrism: Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. — Hannah Arendt

AndersonDodd: Reading Hannah Arendt’s essay on “Civil Disobedience” is a master class in our failing educational system. Also, it might serve some R’s to read up on the difference between Civil Disobedience/ Satyagraha and violent insurrection... but, then again, see prior sentence.

ultimate1us: Hannah Arendt - “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”

baconbkk: "Arendt viewed the growth of totalitarianism as the outcome of the disintegration of the traditional nation-state."

bilismummaa: the mental means to this end – is being destroyed. Hannah Arendt, Truth and Politics (1967)

InadeBree: ‘… getting hurt … is only an other way of being alive.’ - Hannah Arendt letter to Mary McCarthy | Hannah & Mary, 1960s

Tochilovsky_V: 1. Crimes against humanity in Nuremberg Charter was translated into Russian and German as crimes against *humaneness*. “Аs though the Nazis had simply been lacking in human kindness, certainly the understatement of the century” (Hannah Arendt).

LiteraryVienna: Hannah Arendt & Mary McCarthy

hardhatbeast: "I've never loved any group or any collective" - Hannah Arendt, 1964

marievandenbro6: "The daily news is like being daily hit over the head..." Hannah Arendt to Mary McCarthy, February 1968 Dit gaat precies over de huidige tijd ...

LiteraryVienna: „What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?“ Mary McCarthy, Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975

Samantharhill: "Each time I receive a letter from you I realize how much I miss you. Times are lousy and we should be closer to each other. I guess I have been depressed all winter. The daily news is like being daily hit over the head..." Hannah Arendt to Mary McCarthy, February 1968

elizamondegreen: That is, we see at work something that Hannah Arendt knew all too well: that enforcing lies and coercing your subordinates to repeat those lies is a startling display of power.

curva_plano: Racial purity is a common value of Nazism & Zionism. Hannah Arendt reported Eichmann's esteem for Zionists, who unlike Assimilationists & the Orthodox "were ‘idealists’ like him.” See "Zionism’s uneasy relationship w/ antisemitism," by Alice Rothchild, Mondoweiss 11/29/2019 8/

deedwithcorpses: A friend who was working on job with one of BLM founders told me "oh Hannah Arendt is cancelled!"



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