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Old 12-11-2011, 07:11 PM
basman basman is offline
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Default Re: Hannah Arendt and Samantha Power

...Radical evil for Arendt was the theory and horrifically deranged emergence of totalitarianism in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. The banality of evil was the bureaucratic manifestation or routine of evil as personified by Eichmann in his pathetic ordinariness. "Evil" can be radical in intent and abusiveness, yet numbingly stupid and boring in practice. The leadership is composed of radical zealots, the followers (implementers) are dull drones--- just following orders and doing their job....

This is acute and correct. I thought I heard Wolfe say that Arendt's movement from from thinking about "radical evil" to "the banality of evil" represented a shift in her views. If I'm right in that impression then he's wrong in missing in Arendt's thought the different modes of evil's simultaneous manifestation.

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