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Los orígenes del totalitarismo

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Fue escrito por el convencimiento de que seria posible descubrir los mecanismos ocultos mediante los cuales todos los elementos tradicionales de nuestro mundo politico y espiritual se disolvieron en un conglomerado donde todo parece haber perdido su valor especifico y tornadose irreconocible para la comprension humana, inutil para los fines humanos. Uno de ellos, que se pr ...more
Paperback, 695 pages
Published 2006 by Alianza Editorial (first published 1951)
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Tristan Chambers I also often struggle to digest Arendt's very long and sometimes tangential sentences. I've found after reading a couple chapters that I'm starting to…moreI also often struggle to digest Arendt's very long and sometimes tangential sentences. I've found after reading a couple chapters that I'm starting to get the rhythm of her writing. I find myself intentionally glossing over the parenthetical clauses of her sentences at first, and then going back and reading them separately. My biggest advice would be don't try to read the whole book cover to cover. Read the parts that interest you most. It's divided into three sections, which as far as I can tell from skimming, stand on their own. I for example skipped ahead to the last book, which directly addresses my particular research interest at the moment, which is the rise of totalitarianism in society.(less)

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"Totalitarianism is a political system in which the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life."

Some have said this should be required reading to prepare ourselves to face the changing political climate armed with information, as we watch again the rise of nationalism, the rise of antisemitism, the rise to power of what could be a new demagogue: 'a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and us
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Kaelan (Κάϊλαν)
***** Some Tips For The Reader To Be *****

Having just finished this monster of a book in just under three months (not sure if any book has taken me so long to finish, perhaps Infinite Jest might surpass?), I can safely say that I feel like I've just gone through ninety days of mental kick boxing with Arendt. As such, I've had plenty of time to conduct a criticism in my head that I feel adds to the already crammed Goodreads review page on here. It takes the form of three bits of advise, as I trul
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Neal Romanek
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd always assumed totalitarianism and dictatorship were the same thing. But nope. I learned more about modern politics and power reading this masterpiece by Hannah Arendt than in the past 20 years of reading and studying. I was shocked to find that certain baffling features of contemporary political movements suddenly make perfect, terrifying sense when viewed from a totalitarian perspective.

Some fun things I learned about totalitarian movements:

-Totalitarian movements deny objective reality a
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Michael
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound insight into totalitarian movements--not just how they happen but why, getting at the psychology behind their appeal and the social and psychological conditions that allow them to grow. The writing is clear-eyed, penetrating, and deeply unsettling.
Ahmed M. Gamil
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا أدري لماذا يصيبني الارتباك دائماً عندما أقرأُ مثل هذه الأعمال.. لا أدري دائماً كيف أبدأ كتابة مراجعة لكتاب بمثل هذا الحجم وتلك الكثافة والتركيز.
أعتقدُ أنّ هذا ملازمٌ لقراءة أعمال من هم مثل "حنّة أرندت".. يُلقى بعقلك الضعيف وسط دوّامةٍ من الأفكار فلا تملك إلا أن تصاب بالدهشة وبلادة الفعل والقدرة على الكتابة إثر الصدمة الناجمة عن هاته العوالم الفكريّة العاصفة.

الكتاب، عكس ما كنت أعتقد، لا يتناول الاستبداد العادي الذي نعايشه بأوطاننا والذي كنت أعتقد أنّي بقراءتي لهذا الكتاب سأجد تحليلاً دقيقاً لآ
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Greg Brozeit
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political-theory
Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting begins by recounting “a crucial moment in Czech history” when Klement Gottwald emerged on a balcony in Prague to announce the birth of the Communist Czechoslovakia. The image of him and Clementis, who took off his fur hat and placed it on Gottwald’s cold head, became as iconic for Czechs as the flag-raising in Iwo Jima has become for Americans. “Four years later,” however, “Clementis was charged with treason and hanged. The propaganda section i ...more
Szplug
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way back when I read this, I recall being somewhat surprised at how few works she actually referenced in this tripartite tome, especially in the latter two sections on Imperialism and Totalitarianism; and, for the first of these, the surprise turned to incredulity when it occurred to me that she appeared to be basing a considerable part of her argument—virtually the entirety regarding the interaction between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, IIRC—upon the most famous fictional work by Joseph Conrad ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
من أهم الكتب التي قرأتها هذا العام، ولعله أكثر الكتب التي أطلت في تأملها والاقتباس منها ومراجعتها، ربما بحكم اعتقادي براهنية الظاهرة أو إرهاصاتها رغم عدم تحققها كدولة في تاريخنا (العربي الإسلامي) القديم أو الحديث، واستهلمت من الكتاب مقالي "أيديولوجيا الوهم: النزعة المؤامراتية وسردياتها"، كما أضاء لي جوانب عديدة لتفسير ظاهرة داعش (وبعض من غيرها)، سايكولوجيّاً وسوسيولوجيّاً وحركيّاً.
وحنه تبقى مثالاً نادراً وجميلاً حقّاً يتحدّى الزعم الذكوري –الواقعي غالباً- بلا إبداعية النساء، وهي مناسبة للتخلي ال
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Rob
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have already read 1000 european history books but haven't read this yet, i.e. nobody
certainly in the running for the most disappointing book ever. first, it's on all these lists of the greatest books ever, plus it's got a really high rating on goodreads. plus i open it and the first few pages are breathtaking. hannah is one killer sentencecrafter. a vixen of prose. some sentences 50+ words long but you only need to read them once because they are both precise and action-packed. and oh, the promise her intros seem to hold. bold, sweeping strokes that wipe out long-held beliefs a ...more
Gary
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does it take to create a Hitler or a Stalin? More importantly can it happen in the USA as it has in Putin’s Russia? Arendt is a very intelligent writer. She’s not afraid to assume her readers really want to know and never talks down to the reader. The book was reprinted in the 1960s but mostly reflects her thoughts from 1950. There’s just something about a writer who assumes her readers have read Hobbes’ ‘Leviathan’, Kant, Jeremy Bentham and Utilitarian philosophy, and often quotes from Edm ...more
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“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. ... Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.” 81 likes
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