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SJW Shock Troops Of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt, 1972. (Photo by Tyrone Dukes/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Hannah Arendt, in her 1951 classic The Origins Of Totalitarianism, reflects on an attitude among the elites that paved the way for Nazism and Communism:

In other words, the elites sided with the mob, because of Social Justice. And they didn’t even care that they were endorsing histories that were false. All history was false, right? If there is no heaven, where all the injustices of our mortal lives will be reckoned with, and all that is crooked will be made straight, then the demands of Social Justice require that we accept any lie, and affirm any practice, that evens the scales.

Sound familiar? She could be writing about university administrators, or big-city newspaper editors. I’m serious. The capitulations of elites in universities and media to the demands of the mob are a sign. Something is being prepared, whether they know it or not.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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