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March 10, 2007

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Ophelia Benson

Interesting comment.

One of the things that makes Eichmann in Jerusalem so fascinating is the careful attention Arendt pays to the way Eichmann thought, or didn't think. The way for him the project of making Germany judenrein was simply an exciting career opportunity, an escape from drab paper-pushing to a prominent and powerful job. The banality of evil wasn't just a hip slogan she came up with, as a lot of her critics seem to think; it was very real, and she does show it in action.

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