Fifty years ago, controversy raged over philosopher Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Her analysis remains shocking today. Subsequent research, however, has supported and extended her central thesis.
Thinking and smoking. Smoking and thinking. Thinking, smoking, and pacing the floor of her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is how we see the gifted academic and profound socio-political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, prepare to write.
Even in the age of terrorism, the terror of the last century's Holocaust has not lost its hold on the artistic imagination. As the victims of the Shoah are remembered at the United Nations and in synagogues worldwide, films continue to shed light on that darkest hour of the twentieth century.
Craig Zobel's Compliance may be the creepiest movie of the year. It has no physical violence, no sex, barely even a raised voice -- and yet it burrows into your brain and keeps burrowing, the longer you watch.
Critics of military courts sometimes complain that the accused have far less rights than in the federal system. This is not so. Any Nazi defendant transported by time machine from Nuremberg to Guantanamo would be stunned by the rights, privileges, and safeguards to which he was now entitled.
The "power of one" is often unavoidable. One is also the term used to designate a person's singularity. Popular slogans such as "One person, one vote" and "One for all and all for one" have become a part of our political landscape.
Did Eichmann and Hussein receive true justice by appearing in courts of law and sentenced to death under the rule of law? Was Osama bin Laden notably and unceremoniously treated to a revenge killing for his crimes?