Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

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  • Ruth Starkman (University of San Francisco)

Racism will carry out the doom of the western world and for that matter, the whole of human civilization. When Russians have become slavs, when Frenchmen have assumed the role of commanders of a force noire, when Englishmen have turned into “white men”, as already for a disastrous spell all German became Aryans, then this change will itself signify the end of Western man. For no matter what learned scientists may say, race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity, but its end, not the origins of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man, but his unnatural death.
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Starkman, Ruth. "The Origins of Totalitarianism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 April 2007
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