“A noticeable decrease in common sense in any given community and a noticeable increase in superstition and gullibility are therefore almost infallible signs of alienation from the world.”

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“A noticeable decrease in common sense in any given community and a noticeable increase in superstition and gullibility are therefore almost infallible signs of alienation from the world.” at Arendt, Human Condition, p. 209.
See also the discussion in Sandra. K. Hinchman, ‘Common Sense and Political Barbarism in the Theory of Arendt,’ Polity Vol. 17 No. 2 (1984), pp. 317-39. For a discussion of the severance of thought from reality in relation to the management of the Vietnam war see Hannah Arendt, ‘Lying in Politics: Reflections on the Pentagon Papers [1971],’ Crises of the Republic (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973 [1972]), pp. 9-42. The context of a superpower engaged in a war against a small undeveloped country together with the theme of an elite’s disdain for reality.

Source:
http://www.angelfire.com/folk/richardjgill/
The Wonder of the World: Hannah Arendt, G. K. Chesterton and Ecological Populism by Richard Gill

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