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
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).
Krastev, Ivan & Stephen Holmes 2019. The Light that Failed: A Reckoning. London: Penguin books. P.173