28 January 2011

Crackpots and fools

"The consistent persecution of every higher form of intellectual activity by the new mass leaders springs from more than their natural resentment against everything they cannot understand. Total domination does not allow for free initiative in any field of life, for any activity that is not entirely predictable. Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty." (The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, 1994; page 339). 
It is eerie to consider how well this desription applies to the current state of the Torah world and its leadership, given that it was written more than four decades ago to explain the basic values propelling the disciples of Hitler and Stalin. 

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