The banality of evil

I think this small excerpt from an essay at Red State covers the nature of the evil that is the Planned Parenthood scandal.

In the past we have discussed here at JS the work of Leo Alexander MD, investigator for the Nuremberg Tribunal on the war crimes of the Nazi physicians.

He wrote a compelling essay for the New England Journal on how professionals could be recruited to evil activities–the key was to create a subhuman human group and depersonalize them–make them unwanted, undesirable.

From Red State:

Back in 1963, Hannah Arendt covered the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem and wrote a book called Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. In it she noted that Eichmann wasn’t necessarily motivated by ideology but rather by self-interest, i.e. personal advancement and from that concluded (broadly) that even ordinary people can become involved in horrendous crimes, not because they are evil but simply because they lack the empathy for their victims.

What one sees in these videos is not unlike what one saw in the series of war crimes trials visited upon the German military and political classes after World War II. There is a top tier of ideologues who are carrying out an agenda. They could be questioned on the morality of their actions and convince any polygraph examiner in the world that they truly believe they are on the side of the angels. There are a handful of truly malevolent individuals, in the case of abortion this would be the doctors who carry out the procedure. But most of these people, oddly enough nearly all in the video are women, just put their conscience in a lock box, stuff dead babies in the cooler, and go home and fix dinner. That casual cruelty is what makes this series of videos so powerful.


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