Sunday, August 14, 2016

Banality of Evil

If Arendt would find out the vulgarization of her term "banality of evil" and its distortion, she would be horrified.  Anyone who wants to sound deep now throws the term.  My favorite comical use was the US occupation spokesperson in Baghdad, Dan Senor: when Saddam was captured, I remember Senor coming to the microphone and failing to say anything eloquent or profound he went like this: this, ehhhh, was ehhhh, about...Saddamehhhh banality of....ehhhhh evil.  And he then smile feeling satisfaction.