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Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from the Baffler
Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from the Baffler
von Thomas Frank
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Kvetch Kvetch Kvetch, 6. Februar 1999
As others have pointed out, this book is merely a collection of self-referent smug platitudes. The essays are so angry and virile... yet they offer nothing in the way of solutions. At least when Kierkegaard and Schopenhauer pointed to the exact same problems centuries ago, they offered solutions.
We must infer from this lack of proposed alternatives that the Baffler feels that speaking the name of its enemy will slay it. And so all the authors are witty, pithy, and humorous in their outright disrespect for things as they are.
The fundamental problem is that for all this screaming, the hegemony isn't listening and couldn't care less about what some idiots in Chicago with poor distribution have to say. So, while the book is fun, "when one comes down to earth, one has to admit that laughter does not kill and that neither slaves nor tyrants are extinguished by mere amusement." (Hannah Arendt)


Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
von Hannah Arendt
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Knowing Eichmann, Punishing Banality, 5. Februar 1999
Eichmann in Jerusalem -- perhaps Arendt's most accessible volume -- is truly a masterwork. In addition to the copius summaries already given I would add several things.
In this book, Arendt, a female Jew and Holocaust survivor, gets inside Adolf Eichmann's head. She begins speaking like him, losing her normally depressed and indignant tone (see Imperialism in _The Origins of Totalitarianism_ for classic examples) for a colder tone, Eichmann's tone, that doesn't feel affected, as one might suspect that it would.
When Eichmann's sentencing comes around, Arendt herself seems to struggle a bit to regain her normal tone and condemn him to death herself. It feels as thought Arendt's empathy has led her to pity this man, rather than hate him. How can you kill someone you pity?
This same dilemma, it seems, arises in her relationship with Heidegger, only she resolves it in the opposite direction.


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