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Reflections on Antisemitism

Christopher Hitchens

in Thinking in Dark Times

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230754
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0002
Reflections on Antisemitism

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This chapter focuses on the resurgence of antisemitism. It argues that Hannah Arendt is a great prop and stay and comfort in dark times like these, because she was always very acute on the morbidly stupid element of totalitarianism. The absurdity of totalitarian thinking is related to its attack on the life of the mind, and Arendt was quite right to insist on confronting this anti-intellectual element of totalitarianism and the racist element in it.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; antisemitism; Hungarian revolution; totalitarianism; racism

Chapter.  5936 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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