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Entries from April 30th, 2011

Did his Best Without Shirking -“Lieutenant Hornblower” – C.S. Forester

April 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Did his Best Without Shirking -“Lieutenant Hornblower” – C.S. Forester · Leadership

it was not in the tradition of the service, as understood in the Indefatigable, to laugh at a man who did his best without shirking.

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Satisfaction – “Mr Midshipman Hornblower” – C.S. Forester

April 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Satisfaction – “Mr Midshipman Hornblower” – C.S. Forester · Leadership

“That is an insulting remark, Mr Simpson,” he said. He looked round and met the eyes of Chalk and Caldwell, who were suddenly grave; Simpson was still merely stupid. “For that I shall have to ask satisfaction.” “Satisfaction?” said Chalk hastily. “Come, come. Mr Simpson had a momentary loss of temper. I am sure he […]

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An Infernal Piece of Bad Luck – “Mr Midshipman Hornblower” – C.S. Forester

April 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on An Infernal Piece of Bad Luck – “Mr Midshipman Hornblower” – C.S. Forester · Humour

“My name is Hornblower,” he quavered at length. “What an infernal piece of bad luck for you,” said a second man at the table, with a complete absence of sympathy.

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Elementary Questions of Morality – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Genocide, History, Humanism, Morality, WW2

What we have demanded in these trials, where the defendants had committed “legal” crimes, is that human beings be capable of telling right from wrong even when all they have to guide them is their own judgment, which, moreover, happens to be completely at odds with what they must regard as the unanimous opinion of […]

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The Banality of Evil – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Banality of Evil – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Morality, WW2

I also can well imagine that an authentic controversy might have arisen over the subtitle of the book; for when I speak of the banality of evil, I do so only on the strictly factual level, pointing to a phenomenon which stared one in the face at the trial. Eichmann was not Iago and not […]

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Politics is not like the Nursery – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Politics is not like the Nursery – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Means and Ends, Politics, Quotes, WW2

For politics is not like the nursery; in politics obedience and support are the same.

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We may Safely Leave that to the Experts – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on We may Safely Leave that to the Experts – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Quotes, WW2

Finally, the argument that no Jewish State had existed at the time when the crime was committed is surely so formalistic, so out of tune with reality and with all demands that justice must be done, that we may safely leave it to the learned debates of the experts.

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Matters Outside the Realm of Law – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on Matters Outside the Realm of Law – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Human Rights, The Law, WW2

All attempts to widen the range of the trial had to be resisted, because the court could not “allow itself to be enticed into provinces which are outside its sphere…. the judicial process has ways of its own, which are laid down by law, and which do not change, whatever the subject of the trial […]

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Banality of Evil – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on Banality of Evil – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes, WW2

It was as though in those last minutes he was summing up the lesson that this long course in human wickedness had taught us—the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil.

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Feeling Guilty if you Haven’t Done Anything Wrong – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Feeling Guilty if you Haven’t Done Anything Wrong – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes, WW2

It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven’t done anything wrong: how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressing to admit guilt and to repent. The youth of Germany is surrounded, on all sides and in all walks of life, by men in positions of authority and in public office who […]

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