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Hannah Arendt on Conspiracies

From the Seeds of a Fascist International:

At a time when full political information, necessarily worldwide ins cope, is available only to the professional, and when statesmen have found no other clue to world politics than the blind alley of imperialism, it is almost a matter of course for the others, who vaguely sense our worldwide interdependence but are unable to penetrate into the actual working of this universal relationship, to turn to the dramatically simple hypothesis of a global conspiracy and a secret worldwide organization.

If, therefore, they are called upon to align themselves with another, supposedly secret, and in fact semi-conspiratorial, world organization, they are far from being repelled by the idea – or even from seeing anything out of the ordinary in it. They are manifestly of the opinion that this is the only way in which one can become politically active.

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