Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Under the bus - boy!

Literate people are buying a 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt.

Why Arendt, a political theorist who died in 1975?

She’s hardly your typical best selling writer.

However, she said a lot about what’s wrong with the world today.

Arendt theorized about the nature of totalitarian societies — how they work, what they prey on, and why they spring up.

America is currently in the grips of growing totalitarianism.

Reaganomics left a hollow and fractured society full of dislocated, angry people when “trickle down” failed to produce the promised outcome.

The middle class is all but gone and Putin is helping Trump pit the rich against the poor, one minority against another.

For Arendt, the problem – or opportunity - was about the isolation of modern life, sexual repression, and the apparent emptiness of existence for the marginalized.

She understood that you don’t need to be living in a totalitarian state to experience totalitarianism (e.g. radicalization).

Her focus was on the modern loneliness of isolationism in diversity, the isolated individual who loses a “folk culture” in a diverse world. Tolerance is the enemy of totalitarians.

These marginalized types are prime material for the takeover of ideology, for the totalitarian narrative (e.g. religious fundamentalism) that gives life firm direction and absolute meaning.

As Trump lashes out in response to the RussiaGate investigation, it could very well be (that Jew) Kushner he throws under the bus next!

“You Can’t Go Any Lower”: Inside the West Wing, Trump Is Apoplectic as Allies Fear Impeachment

For the first time since the investigation began, the prospect of impeachment is being considered as a realistic outcome and not just a liberal fever dream.

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