Suddenly, Hannah

I’m prepping a script for recording–23/7: Pelican Bay and the Rise of Long Term Solitary Confinement, by Keramet Reiter–and among my long list of things I need to research was the name Hannah Arendt.

I’d known of her, of course–for years. But not by name. I knew her by the phrase “banality of evil.” That’s been with me since childhood. There are so many things I should know already, but somehow have not yet learnt.

When I YouTubed her, trying to figure out how to pronounce her name, I found this speech. Which is breathtaking.

And now, I think, I must watch this movie.

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