Emily St. John Mandel on Crims

“Now imagine how much wilder and stranger and more intense that would be if you and your colleagues were showing up at the office to perpetuate a massive crime . . . What story do you have to tell yourself, if you’re one of those people, to sleep at night? How do you convince yourself that it’s somehow OK?”

~ Emily St. John Mandel / FT, October 23rd 2020

Hannah Arendt on Collective Guilt

When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.

~ Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt on Punishment

No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.

~ Hannah Arendt