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The State Is a Firing Squad: Compartmentalizing Guilt

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  • The State Is a Firing Squad: Compartmentalizing Guilt

    A very interesting essay on how attenuating the moments and steps between pulling the trigger and the death of the victim helps to assuage any feelings of personal responsibility and remorse for the act

    "In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty." ~ Leo Tolstoy
    Last edited by drakke1; 02-17-2012, 12:30 PM.

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    is it normal the link you posted is
    Banker Occupied Europe and America ?


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      [QUOTE=h0bby1;907687]is it normal the link you posted is
      Banker Occupied Europe and America ?

      Thanks !! I fixed the link


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        http://experimentaltheology.blogspot...rture-and.html =)

        Arendt's conclusion by the end of the trial was that evil isn't deep. Rather, evil is shallow. Specifically, evil is a kind of mindlessness. A mindlessness that gets trapped inside a paper-pushing bureaucracy and which blandly follows orders. In short, Eichmann never took the trouble to think.

        This analysis of evil's mindlessness is what led Arendt to conclude that evil is banal. Evil isn't demonic or spooky or occult. Evil is workaday. Evil is paper, files, chains of command, bureaucracy, duty, and rule-following. Evil is a mindless worker bee. Evil is a bureaucracy that separates moral reflection from behavior. Evil is thus ordinary and common. A pervasive moral mindlessness and shallowness. Evil is a failure to think, to reflect, to object, to question, to rebel. Evil is a being a cog, a foot soldier, a patriot and a citizen.



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