Supporting Terrorism Online
23 June 2021
While we tend to think of evil as a peril of anti-democratic regimes, its banal form as an inability to think about the effect and meaning of our own actions can spread through institutions regardless of the regime.
After observing the Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in 1961, the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt came up with the phrase “banality of evil”. In her eyes, Eichmann, one of the key implementers of the ‘Final Solution’, appeared not as some devilish monster, but as a pathetic thoughtless little man.