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A 1969 photo of political theorist and scholar Hannah Arendt. AP Photo

The power of ordinary people facing totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt, a political theorist, fled Germany during Adolf Hitler's rise to power and later wrote about ‘the banality of evil.’ Her work has recently become a best-seller. Here's why.
Donald Trump’s boastful and bullying leadership style encapsulates many of the worst features and sentiments of today’s world. Darron Bergenheier/flick

Humility’s value for democracy in dark times

In a world out of balance, one in which arrogance and unaccountability combine in a corrosive synergy, humility can offer a powerful alternative vision of how to approach democratic government.
Barbara Sukowa plays German intellectual Hannah Arendt in Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic. Heimatfilm

Review: thinking on screen – von Trotta’s ‘Hannah Arendt’

In 1961, German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt was sent by The New Yorker to cover Adolf Eichmann’s trial, in Jerusalem, Israel, where he faced execution for crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes…

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