Monday, July 17, 2006

Professor Deborah Frisch On Violence: No Hannah Arendt

A lady college professor named Deborah Frisch has posted threats against the baby son of a conservative blogger because of remarks posted about her on his site.

According to "Inside Higher Ed," the lady professor wrote in her post that she "would not be sad if the 2-year old child of the site’s founder, Jeff Goldstein, was 'Jon Benet Ramseyed,' and she reportedly posted other questions of the sort a Ramsey-inspired attacker might ask. (Goldstein lives in Colorado, where Ramsey was killed.)"

In the early hours of December 26, 1996, (Mao's birthday) the Boulder, Colorado kindergartener JonBenet Ramsey was tortured to death by slow strangulation. A broken paintbrush handle was forced up her vagina, and her skull was crushed by a very powerful blow to her head. The killer left behind the "mother of all ransom notes" which I have analysed here.

According to "Inside Higher Ed," Professor Deborah Frisch defended Churchill's "little Eichmanns" characterization of the people murdered in the World Trade Center as a "legitimate application of the theories of Hannah Arendt."

The philosopher Hannah Arendt reported on the trial of the NAZI war criminal Adolf Eichmann and in 1964 published a book based on this trial called Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality and Evil.

Arendt spent her life trying to explain the causes of the NAZI rise in Germany and other totalitarian movements and governments of the 20th Century so that we could all learn from the mistakes of history.

In 1952, Arendt was awarded a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation to do research on Marxism and totalitarianism and published books titled The Human Condition, On Revolution, and Between Past and Future.

She also wrote books titled The Origins of Totalitarianism and On Violence.

I doubt that Hannah Arendt, the author of On Violence, would agree that the people in the World Trade Center were "little Eichmanns" or that it is moral to wish for the revenge torture and murder of babies and children as a form of retaliation for political speech.

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