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(Arendt) Fascist Insurrection & White Christian Nationalism (Trump)

Not wanting to overdo Arend’t famous excursus in Totalitarianism, it’s important to note that she draws a careful distinction between totalitarianism and fascism. And there’s something louche and laissez faire about the American fascism on display at the Capitol that … Continue reading

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On Hannah Arendt’s Reading of Rahel Varnhagen and the Schlemiel – Take One

Originally posted on Schlemiel Theory:
Schlemiel Theory has published several posts on Hannah Arendt and her reading of the schlemiel in her celebrated essay “The Jew as Pariah.” As I pointed out in many of my readings, Arendt believed that…

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Schlemiel & Society (Rahel Varnhagen Unhappy Jewess)

Finishing up preparations for a talk on Mendelssohn, I turned to Hannah Arendt’s Rahel Varnhagen: Life of a Jewish Woman). I think it was Lilliana Weissberg who pointed out the original subtitle was Life of A Jewess, but I may … Continue reading

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(Type) Assimilation (Hannah Arendt)

About Hannah Arendt’s thesis re: anti-Semitism I’m caught. On the one hand, I think she is right to note among modern Jews the turn to and the trust placed in state authority, not “society.” On the other hand, I’m not … Continue reading

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Jews, State Authority, & Society (Hannah Arendt Antisemitism)

It’s been argued by critics of Zionism that Zionism represents a new alignment of Judaism and Jewishness vis-à-vis state power. This represents a half truth. What’s new about Zionism is its alignment of Judaism and Jewishness with Jewish sovereign power. … Continue reading

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Arendt Conference — Wesleyan University

Alas, something’s missing here. The upcoming Arendt Eichmann in Jerusalem conference at Wesleyan promises to be nothing short of fabulous. It’s about as high powered a cocktail as it gets. I’m sorry, though, to see no Jewish Studies representation, and … Continue reading

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This is What Thinking Looks Like (Günter Gaus Interviews Hannah Arendt) (1964)

I just saw Barbara Sukowa play Hannah Arendt in Margarethe von Trotta’s film. (And no, Arendt’s ideas did not “change the world.”) Not terribly happy with the film, I went to look for the real deal and found this old … Continue reading

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HannahArendt GershomScholemKurtBlumenfeld Deathbed Mashup (Margarethe von Trotta)

Did you notice or why should anyone care? In the original exchange of letters with Gershom Scholem, another great German Jew, Arendt’s famously quipped with characteristic bite that she could never love a people, only her friends. The purpose was … Continue reading

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Thinking — The Banality of Evil – Hannah Arendt at the Movies

I’ll confess right from the start that I was disinclined to see the new movie by Margarethe von Trotta, starring Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt. Not predisposed to either its subject and to the hagiography and apologetics surrounding her, I … Continue reading

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