Thursday, 12 October 2017

Experiments against reality

I stumbled into an interesting article of amost 20 years old, but with strikingly appropriate overtones for our own time.


The political philosopher Hannah Arendt once described totalitarianism as an “experiment against reality.” Among other things, she had in mind the peculiar mixture of gullibility and cynicism that totalitarian movements inspire, an amalgam that fosters an intellectual twilight in which people believe “everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and nothing was true.”

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