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Fusion | 10.28.16

How a dead WWII-era philosopher understands Donald Trump better than anyone on CNN

Ingrid Burrington

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington provides an analysis comparing statements from Hannah Arendt’s writings to today’s election climate.

Considered one of the most important works of political philosophy of its time, today Origins reads more like a contemporary analysis of this election cycles’s post-fact landscape—the one driven, mostly, by Donald Trump’s candidacy. While we don’t have the horrors of concentration camps and gulags yet, the political propagandizing and systematic organizing behind the genocidal totalitarian regimes that Origins describes could have been ripped from this year’s election headlines.

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