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In which I examine the lessons Hannah Arendt and the last for years have for us, specifically for journalism:

"If we ask these people why they went along with it for so long, they say they wanted to prevent anything worse from happening. And if we ask them why everything turned out so badly, they say they had no power. At that point, everything really falls apart." --Hannah Arendt

Good late morning from Manila! "The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil." Hannah Arendt

"Truth-tellers exist outside the realm of politics. They are outsiders, pariahs, and like Socrates subject to exile and death." Hannah Arendt and the politics of truth | openDemocracy

Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Truth

Hannah Arendt and the politics of truth | openDemocracy for @annacoote3 ⁩ - re our discussion on 'truth'

‘Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man.’ -Hannah Arendt#lockdown 

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“Facts are not secure in the hands of power.” —Hannah Arendt (5/7)

“Unwelcome opinion can be argued with, rejected or compromised upon, but unwelcome facts possess an infuriating stubbornness that nothing can move except plain lies.” —Hannah Arendt (4/7)


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From Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism" How propaganda uses lies to manipulate, gaslight and foster cynicism:

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Hannah Arendt: “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist but people 4 whom the distinction betwn fact and fiction (ie. the reality of experience) &the distinction between true &false (ie.the standards of thought) no longer exist”

Hannah Arendt: “The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed..."

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Downing Street didn’t describe ‘campaigning newspapers’ by accident last night... “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.

Hannah Arendt in "The Origins of Totalitarianism" on why a Leader demands loyalty, and why his elite aides & enablers pledge it:

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Hannah Arendt in “The Origins of Totalitarianism”: “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.”

Hannah Arendt on totalitarianism, suppression of a free press, & the danger of lies. 1978 interview via …

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Hannah Arendt in her 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism: “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”