gullibility and cynicism

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Arendt writes about the mixture of gullibility and cynicism being prevalent in all ranks of totalitarian movements. Conversely, would an actual widespread societal mixture of gullibility and cynicism constitute a natural breeding ground for totalitarian movements and leaders?

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a thing called truth

Who decides whether news is ‘fake’ or true? How to decide which facts are real or ‘alternative’? The well-educated, well-situated class – to which I think I belong – knows almost for sure when other people are misled. Through what mechanism? And does it matter? Sometimes it seems easy. There’s empirical evidence. If there are…

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Narodni dom

On 13 July, 1920 Italian fascists burned down Narodni dom in Trieste. Narodni dom is Slovenian for ‘National House’; it was a large building, situated at the central Piazza Oberdan and containing besides the seats of many triestine Slovenian organisations, a theatre and the Hotel Balkan. After the end of the first World War and…

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