Quotations about   lesser evil

Note that not all quotations have been tagged, so the Search function may find additional quotations on this topic.



If we look at the techniques of totalitarian government, it is obvious that the argument of “the lesser evil” — far from being raised only from the outside by those who do not belong to the ruling elite — is one of the mechanisms built into the machinery of terror and criminality. Acceptance of lesser evils is consciously used in conditioning the government officials as well as the population at large to the acceptance of evil as such.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-American philosopher, political theorist
“Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship” (1964)
    (Source)
Added on 11-Feb-21 | Last updated 11-Feb-21
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Arendt, Hannah

In their moral justification, the argument of the lesser evil has played a prominent role. If you are confronted with two evils, thus the argument runs, it is your duty to opt for the lesser one, whereas it is irresponsible to refuse to choose altogether. […] Politically, the weakness of the argument has always been that those who choose the lesser evil forget very quickly that they chose evil.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-American philosopher, political theorist
“Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship” (1964)
    (Source)
Added on 4-Feb-21 | Last updated 4-Feb-21
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Arendt, Hannah