Here’s a video depiction of what the writer Hannah Arendt called the “banality of evil” – referring to the bureaucratic insouciance of Nazi war criminals. Not Hitler or Goebbels, but rather, the on-the-street thugs who enforced their policies in a matter-of-fact way, just doing their jobs.
This term is italicized to make the point. Nazi war criminals like Adolf Eichmann said essentially the same thing. He was, he told the court, merely following orders, another way of saying he was just doing his job.
The armed government workers in this video are just doing their job – bureaucratically mulcting a man who committed a traffic “violation” on his way to the emergency room. No one was harmed but the AGWs show no understanding or empathy. The law must be enforced.
No human-level conversation. Just robotic demands in a kind of authoritarian pantomime. “your license, sir”.” “your license, sir.” “Provide your license.” Are you refusing to sign the summons?”
“Is there anything else I can help you with?”
Yes. How about thinking a little bit about the brutality you inflict with such smug indifference?
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