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On Violence by Hannah Arendt
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Jul 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: thesis-reading, read-in-2010, essay
Read from July 20 to 21, 2010

Arendt wrote these essays (?) at what I see as the climax of the 20th-century. Students and extremist groups were making trouble all over the world, and Arendt tries to make sense of it all. Her conclusions and opinions aren't always sensitive or nice (my favorite is her aside that most revolutionary groups seem to have only read the first chapter of Fanon's Wretched of the Earth--spot on!), but she makes a concentrated effort to see things as they are. Are there dangers associated with attempting objective analysis of a living, breathing, writhing moment of humanity? Absolutely. But that, and a tendency towards preachiness, shouldn't take away from her provocative conclusions.

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