Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hannah Arendt On Totalitarianism

'It is true that totalitarian domination tried to establish these holes of oblivion into which all deeds, good and evil, would disappear; but just as the Nazis' feverish attempts, from June, 1942, on, to erase all traces of the massacres - through cremation, through burning in open pits, through the use of explosives and flame-throwers and bone-crushing machinery - were doomed to failure, so all efforts to let their opponents "disappear in silent anonymity" were in vain. The holes of oblivion do not exist. Nothing human is that perfect, and there are simply too many people in the world to make oblivion possible. One man will always be left alive to tell the story.'
 * Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
* Under tyranny it is much easier to act than to think.
* The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt

"Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized."

* The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time, the terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
Albert Einstein

On loneliness, pursuit of inner self and power of logic 
Hannah Arendt by Jean-Luc Godard.

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