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Monday, August 11, 2003
From Part 3 of Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism:
"In modern society, with its characteristic lack of discerning judgment...someone who not only holds opinions but also presents them in a tone of unshakable conviction will not so easily forfeit his prestige, no matter how many times he has been demonstrably wrong."
Apply it to who you will--Bush, Clinton, Ebert--but I should mention that Arendt probably didn't mean it in a positive sense, since she was talking about Hitler.
More about Arendt later, I hope--the last chapter of "Imperialism" was pretty goddamn great.