The Origins of Totalitarianism

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  • Totalitarianism In The 1920's

    Arendt writes, in Origins of Totalitarianism: “Totalitarianism in power uses the state administration for its long-range goal of world conquest…it establishes the secret police as the executors and guardians of its domestic experiment in constantly transforming reality into fiction.” The reality that totalitarianism destroys is it’s citizens understanding of how life functions, e.g. what is correct and incorrect behavior. Through the creation of their own rules, the secret police furthers the ideology of the states. This is especially prescient in relation to the Eyes in Gilead. The Eyes function as undercover police in Gilead. They can be any man of any rank. You can’t truly know who is or is not one. “He [Nick,] takes a final puff of the cigarette, lets it drop to the driveway, and steps on it. He begins to whistle. Then he winks…Perhaps it was a test, to see what I would do. Perhaps he is an Eye.” Offred…

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  • Memorialization Of The Trojan War In Homer's The Illiad

    affairs in Between Past and Future (1961) Arendt argues that “The sharing of words and deeds did not last long, and they were thrown back into the ‘weightless irrelevance of their personal affairs, once more separated from ‘the world of reality’ by the ‘sad opaqueness’ of a private life centred about nothing but itself. And if they refused to go back to their very beginnings, to their most indigent behaviour ‘they could only return to the old empty strife of conflicting ideologies” (Arendt,…

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  • Hannah Arendt Totalitarianism Summary

    Hannah Arendt wrote The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1949, by which time the world had been confronted with evidence of the Nazi system of terror and devastation. The disclosures of the evils were met with a high degree of doubtful investigation despite a considerable amount of evidence and a vast amount of records and photos. The capacity for comprehension was overwhelming and the nature and extent of these programs added to the unreal nature of the revelations. Arendt wrote about the…

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  • Dehumanization Of Power In 1984, By George Orwell

    . . . It is the only reliable ‘truth’ human beings can fall back upon” once totalitarianism destroys the space of civil society.8 “But,” she continues, “this ‘truth’ is empty or rather no truth at all, because it does not reveal anything...The book is not a transparent political statement. An attentive reading will show how 1984’s fictional political regime serves to render its surfaces opaque. From the historical experience of totalitarianism, Orwell has extracted the principle of the total…

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  • Hannah Arendt's Nineteen Eighty-4

    And yet, when Winston returns from the woods, his awakening does not effectively translate into action. The novel that opened with a man’s bold words of dissent, “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER,” —closes with the same man’s declaration of love: “he loved Big Brother.” How does this radical transformation occur in Winston Smith—and moreover, what can it tell us about the power of language in totalitarian states? To answer these questions, let us turn, once again, to Hannah Arendt. In The Origins of…

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  • Hannah Arendt Educational Leadership Theory Analysis

    For Arendt action is political and public. Politics is space and needs space, it is where the person describes the self, where discussion happens and where the possibilities of ‘natality’ (Arendt 1958) can be realised. People are helped in this process by institutions as a legitimising, durable and stabilising framework through which the initiative and accommodation of the plural person can happen. What is needed to hold the common together are places where people can be separate but at the…

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  • Aristotle's Theory Of Statelessness

    In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt discusses statelessness using Nazi Germany and discusses statelessness within a totalitarian government. While she does not address a change in government, the shift between democratic Germany and Nazi Germany is very clearly a shift in government and a shift in citizenship. The rest of Europe is also discussed during this time considering their stake in the war and considering the amount of people that became stateless during this time. Arendt calls the…

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  • Deception In Brave New World Analysis

    modern social systems. The reason is that both the works of the two authors reflect the negative implications of the autocratic ruling systems that negatively impacts a person’s freedom and individuality through deception. Despite the Huxley and Orwell’s narrations originating from the utopian fictions, they illustrate a vision that is distorted in regard to the current world rather than that of the future. The portrayal of utopia to uncover the existence of political, social and cultural…

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  • Freedom As Marronage Analysis

    Dialectic of Enlightenment, 2002; Yves Benot, Les lumière, l’esclavage, la colonisation , 2005; Laurent Dubois, “An enslaved enlightenment,” 2006. Michel- Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past, 1995, 73. Gabriel Debien, “le marronage aux Antilles Francaises au Xviiie siècle,”1966; Gabriel Debien and Jean Fouchard, “le petit marronage autour du Cap,”1969; Debien, “Marronage in the French Caribbean,” 1996; bernard Delpêche, ed., Marronnage in the Caribbean , 2002. Du bois, Souls of Black Folk ,…

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  • Analysis Of On Revaluation By Hannah Arendt

    Ismail Hasanzade Political Theory Liberty and Power Hannah Arendt was born in Germany in 1906. When Nazis came to power, she went and settled USA for escaping Nazis. Her main political job started in USA that she wrote books such as “the Origins of Totalitarianism”, and “Human condition” that portrayed freedom and autonomy for society. She reflects “On Revaluation” (1963) both American and French revaluation that how society…

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