Tag Archives: Arendt

A basic question of “radical democracy.”

Is our basic political capacity speech/action or work/production?

Loneliness can only harm.

Solitude can only harm a mind unprepared for it.

Mass shootings, government crackdowns.

What is breaking down even faster than civility is authority, for which violence has never been a workable substitute.

Get it ambiguous, get it straight.

The pariah/parvenu and prophet/fraud distinctions belong to the order of “undecidibility.” The friend/enemy and right/wrong distinctions, however, belong to the order of “decisiveness.”

It ain’t me, babe.

The day I find someone better than myself to speak with will be the day I assume the task of thinking.

Revolutionary war.

Most “fight the system” movies cannot imagine revolution as anything other than the skilled utilization of violence.

An epiphany or event is over in a flash.

It takes the daily labor of integration and institutionalization to make its consequences permanent.

The personal isn’t always political.

One can rely on individual strength to “get ahead”; it takes collective power, though, to “move forward.”


The counterintuitive claim of Arendt’s “Eichmann in Jerusalem” is that the banality of evil is opposed to the interest of thought.

Love in politics.

The greatest acts of cruelty are done out of compassion for the oppressed. The one who truly loves the people is already prepared to go to the end.