the sandstorm
October 18, 2015, 3:14 pm
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Hannah A. saw a possible future for totalitarianism: constant fear, corporate power over state, media and civil society, destruction of all things public, darwinianism, militarization, sexism, anti labour, fetishization of security, rejection of human rights, ascendant police power, racism, anti intellectualism, anti democratic.

Hannah Arendt, the great theorist of totalitarianism, believed that the protean elements of totalitarianism are still with us and that they would crystalize in different forms. Far from being a thing of the past, she believed that totalitarianism “heralds as a possible model for the future.” Arendt was keenly aware that the culture of traditionalism, an ever present culture of fear, the corporatization of civil society, the capture of state power by corporations, the destruction of public goods, the corporate control of the media, the rise of a survival-of-the-fittest ethos, the dismantling of civil and political rights, the ongoing militarization of society, the “religionization of politics,” a rampant sexism,  an attack on labor, an obsession with national security, human rights abuses, the emergence of a police state,  a deeply rooted racism, and the attempts by demagogues to undermine critical education as a foundation for producing critical citizenry were all at work in American society.  For Arendt, these anti-democratic elements in American society constituted what she called the “sand storm,” a metaphor for totalitarianism.

The Plague of American Authoritarianism, Posted on Aug 24, 2015, By Henry A. Giroux, CounterPunch