“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist, but people for whom the difference between fact and fiction, truth and lies, no longer exist.”

                              Hannah Arendt


The words open each episode of 'Passionate Justice'. Our new season, Series 7, opens early January.




...Fron the Stanford Encyc of Philosophy

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a number of academic positions at various American universities until her death in 1975. She is best known for two works that had a major impact both within and outside the academic community. The first, The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951, was a study of the Nazi and Stalinist regimes that generated a wide-ranging debate on the nature and historical antecedents of the totalitarian phenomenon. The second, The Human Condition, published in 1958, was an original philosophical study that investigated the fundamental categories of the vita activa (labor, work, action). In addition to these two important works, Arendt published a number of influential essays on topics such as the nature of revolution, freedom, authority, tradition and the modern age. At the time of her death in 1975, she had completed the first two volumes of her last major philosophical work, The Life of the Mind, which examined the three fundamental faculties of the vita contemplativa (thinking, willing, judging).

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 16, 2018 at 8:27am

Good Weekend to All.

Comment by Ron Powell on November 16, 2018 at 8:41am

The quote may be aptly applied to Trump's base which is calculated at roughly a third of the voting population....

This is why I have said repeatedly that our real problem isn't Trump but his followers, supporters, and adherents who are not confined to a particular region of the country....

The midterm elections gave democrats a new majority in the House of Representatives, most of the elections were won by fewer than 10 percentage points...

That's a lot of disappointed Trump kool-aid drinkers....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 16, 2018 at 9:07am

...and it is a reason I open every episode w the reminder....

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 16, 2018 at 3:18pm

It is said that at the time of the American Revolution, roughly a third of colonists favored revolution, a third favored remaining as part of the British Empire, and a third could go either way. Methinks, that's about the same sort of division in present-day politics, with one-third revolutionaries, one-third reactionaries, and a final middle third deciding our elections. Looks like this time around that final third was in favor of a revolution, at least when it comes to healthcare/single-payer.

For the first time in my many years, I suspect they are about to get their wish – and I'd guess it could will be within the next decade. The real test of whether any future 21st Century Medicare For All Bill actually does what that title suggests will be whether industry lobbyists manage to buy and hide protection, that is to say some sort of Golden Parachute, for their industry bosses in that legislation.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 17, 2018 at 8:34am



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