9 m ago in Stuff

Power and Violence (1968 Lecture)

by Hannah Arendt
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 2 y ago in Quotes
When it gets down to having to use violence, then you're playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight. Because once they've got you violent, then they know how to handle you.
 2 y ago in Quotes
To them, violence, power, cruelty, were the supreme capacities of men who had definitely lost their place in the universe and were much too proud to long for a power theory that would safely bring them back and reintegrate them into the world. They were satisfied with blind partisanship in anything that respectable society had banned, regardless of theory or content, and they elevated cruelty to a major virtue because it contradicted society’s humanitarian and liberal hypocrisy.
"The Origins of Totalitarianism"
 2 y ago in Quotes
These definitions coincide with the terms which, since Greek antiquity, have been used to define the forms of government as the rule of man over man—of one or the few in monarchy and oligarchy, of the best or the many in aristocracy and democracy, to which today we ought to add the latest and perhaps most formidable form of such dominion, bureaucracy, or the rule by an intricate system of bureaux in which no men, neither one nor the best, neither the few nor the many, can be held responsible, and which could be properly called the rule by Nobody. Indeed, if we identify tyranny as the government that is not held to give account of itself, rule by Nobody is clearly the most tyrannical of all, since there is no one left who could even be asked to answer for what is being done. It is this state of affairs which is among the most potent causes for the current world-wide rebellious unrest.
"On Violence"
 3 y ago in Quotes
Knowing that leaders elsewhere frequently ignore or praise violence, I’m appreciative that our leaders consistently condemn violence perpetrated by individuals. However, these same leaders provide a bad role model for citizens when the state itself employs its power to trample human rights.
 4 y ago in Stuff


by Sarah Silverman
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 5 y ago in Blog

some still honestly believe

Some still honestly believe that automation will lead to people being freed up for more creative work, instead of making more and more people obsolete and concentrating power in fewer and fewer hands, and that total surveillance and total control will lead to total safety, even though those at the levers time and time again have proven that they have little problem with murder and sadism, as long as it is profitable and their control is maintained.

Some still honestly believe that those who grab and maintain power with empty promises, lies and murder, do so for ends that will ultimately benefit them and everybody. They think that in this game of musical chairs, the winners will completely transform once they won, and will give out free chairs and food to everybody else; instead of mowing the rest down for blocking their view, for standing on their golfing range, for breathing their air, for eating their food, for drinking their water.. or simply because they can.
 5 y ago in Quotes
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.
 6 y ago in Quotes
See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.
 6 y ago in Quotes
You don’t know what order with freedom means! You only know what revolt against oppression is! You don’t know that the rod, discipline, violence, the state and government can only be sustained because of you and because of your lack of socially creative powers that develop order within liberty!