Notes On: “The Origins Of Totalitarianism” – Six

“God created neither men—whose origin clearly is procreation—nor peoples—who came into being as the result of human organization.”

Excerpt From
The Origins of Totalitarianism
Hannah Arendt
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A person, in a natural state (I say understanding that this is a loaded statement), owes nothing but to ones self. A group of people only becomes more than the one, when that group, through some intention, becomes an organized group, a peoples. Within in this group the peoples owe to each other for their collective wellbeing. If they do not, then I think it can be argued that they are not a peoples. This is a healthy organization as there is nothing between the people and their sovereignty. Better stated, the location of sovereignty is clear for all to see. If there is a leader, all understand who and why that person is in a leadership position. Who they are is a dictate of their group, not the overall land they are on.

Yet, we find a shift away from this early in history. Peoples organized under a group, with a leader, but due to the stagnate nature that came with heightened division of labor, agriculture, etc. these people began to be associate with more then just the group. They became to associated with the state that they lived in. Those that lived in Babylon where Babylonians, Rome where Romans, etc. It was not until the fall of the Western Roman Empire that, at least within Western Europe, we see for a short time a return to this more tribal nation.

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