The topic of our discussion this month was Do We Learn from History? (Part I)
Wyndy Knox Carr, a member of our group and a book reviewer for the Berkeley Times, presented some key points from the Hanna Arendt’s book The Origins of Totalitarianism, which established her reputation when published in 1951. Arendt escaped from Germany during World War II, immigrating to the US in 1941. She attended and famously wrote about the 1961 Eichmann trial which she chronicled in her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem, A Report on the Banality of Evil. The following is Steve’s summary of her presentation. A collection of Wyndy’s articles can be found here.
You might find many themes from The Origins of Totalitarianism relevant in today’s world.
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Steve Zolno is the author of the book The Future of Democracy and several related titles. He graduated from Shimer College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Sonoma State University. He is a Management and Educational Consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been conducting seminars on democracy since 2006.