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Auschwitz: there was no why there

In his memoir If This Is a Man, Primo Levi recalled his first adjustments to the Auschwitz regime with a sort of wry irony, telling how he asked a prisoner already experienced in the ways of the camp whether the guards would give them back their toothbrushes. 2,338 more words



Hannah Arendt was Heidegger’s student. They had a sick and twisted love affair (mostly because of Heidegger. The creep.). Besides that, her writings on power are fascinating and brilliant.


Hannah Arendt on the Mob Mentality

In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt writes:

    For the propaganda of totalitarian movements which precede and accompany totalitarian regimes is invariably as frank as it is mendacious, and would-be totalitarian regimes usually start their careers by boasting of their past crimes and carefully outlining their future ones. 233 more words
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On the Intellectual World

I embarked on my second semester of graduate school this past week. My degree program, urban planning, is a fairly practical one, and the general tenor of most (though not all) classes is entirely different from the high intellectualism I explored as an undergraduate at Georgetown. 814 more words

...and I did not speak out

The BBC have lauched a Holocaust Memorial Season to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They pose the question: Why did ordinary people commit atrocities in the Holocaust? 931 more words


Freedom fries, anyone?

Three more contributions to the Charlie Hebdo debate to think about.  The first is from Pankaj Mishra at the Guardian.  Not sure about his call for a ‘new Enlightenment’ – though there was certainly much wrong with the old one – but it’s a luminously (sic) intelligent… 840 more words

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