Jurnal Ledalero
Vol 14, No 1 (2015): Tolak Tipu, Lawan Lupa

POLITIK PEMUSNAHAN DAN PEMUSNAHAN POLITIK : Telaah Kritis Atas Konsep Hannah Arendt Tentang Totalitarisme

Mathias Daven (Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Katolik (STFK) Ledalero, Maumere - Flores - NTT)

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Publish Date
11 Jun 2015


If we wish to understand a totalitarian system as a whole, we need first to understand the central role of the concentration camp as a laboratorium to experiment in total domination. Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism in the twentieth century shows how a totalitarian regime cannot survive without terror; and terror will not be effective without concentration camps. Experiments in concentration camps had as their purpose, apart from wiping out any freedom or spontaneity, the abolishing of space between human beings, abolishing space for politics. Thus, totalitarianism did not mirror only the politics of extinction, but also the extinction of politics. As a way forward, Arendt analyses political theory that forces the reader to understand power no longer under the rubric of domination or violence – although this avenue is open – but rather under the rubric of freedom. Arendt is convinced that the life of a destroyed nation can be restored by mutual forgiveness and mutual promises, two abilities rooted in action. Political action, as with other acts, is identical with the ability to commence something new. Keywords: Totalitarisme, antisemitisme, imperialisme, dominasi, teror, kebebasan, kedaulatan, kamp konsentrasi, politik, ideologi, tindakan

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Jurnal Ledalero: Wacana Iman dan Kebudayaan (Discourse on Faith and Culture) was first published in hard-copy form in June, 2002., with ISSN 1412-5420. Since June, 2015, it has also been published electronically, with ISSN 2503-4316. Since it began the journal has been published twice each year, in ...