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Krastev I 173
Misinformation/Arendt: Hannah Arendt (...) claimed that totalitarian elites displayed an 'ability to dissolve every statement of fact into a declaration of Purpose(1), - implying that political freedom presupposes an ability to distinguish the desirable from the likely and to describe reality without twisting it to serve partisan or personal agendas.
Fake News/Trump/Krastev: Trump is no totalitarian, but Arendt's analysis can be fruitfully applied to his rhetorical style since he regularly reduces statements of fact, made by allies or adversaries, to declarations of political purpose or instruments in the service of ulterior motives. That, indeed, may well be the essence of his instinctual or intuitive illiberalism. >Fake News/Krastev, >Misinformation/Kennan.


1. Hannah Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (Meridian Books, 1958).


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Arendt I
H. Arendt
Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics. Civil Disobedience. On Violence. Thoughts on Politics and Revolution Boston 1972

Krastev I
Ivan Krastev
Stephen Holmes
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019


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