As plutocracy gradually transitions into the full-blown tyrannical kleptocracy which Trump both signifies and embodies, we have been reflecting on an essay by Hannah Arendt written in 1964, shortly after her witnessing of the Eichmann trial. Images are from a 2014 installation by Wilfried Gerstel.
NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO OBEY
Rebecca Gordon prompted us to re-read a book we may have treated unfairly in past years, Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue, a book whose meticulous dissection of various bodies within moral philosophy we now find both profoundly revealing regarding what ails us during this period of cultural darkness, and instructive with regards to that vexing question of what is to be done, “the engagement of plain persons”.
We will likely return to this careful yet distinctly revolutionary text often in months to come; for the moment we offer a brief passage from the preface (with images interjected by DP):
THE WOUNDED ANGEL
PORTAL FOR REGENERATION: NOT FOR GODOT
We find the texts lodged within the above text equally as illuminating, beginning with —–
…. and closing with this absolutely electrifying passage from the Canticle for Leibowitz: