The Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For more information contact Hilton at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strictly speaking, this is not a “book group,” since we devote the first Wednesday of each month to discussion of current news events, and, on the other evenings, discussions tend to be wide-ranging, centered about, but not exclusively about, the chosen book. The word “group” is often used but does not imply that you have to join formally in any sense. Visitors are welcome. Just show up—the more the merrier!
The book which will be read starting March 15, 2017 is:
“The Origins of Totalitarianism”, Hannah Arendt, 1966, M. Abramson 2/17
“How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times, even if they are different and perhaps less dark, and “Origins” raises a set of fundamental questions about how tyranny can arise and the dangerous forms of inhumanity to which it can lead.” Jeffrey C. Isaac, The Washington Post
15 Mar – “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Reading the three prefaces and the first chapter – “The Jews, the Nation-State, and the Birth of Antisemitism” – I. The Equivalencies of…. and II. Early Anti-Antisemitism to page 28 in the paperback.
22 Mar – “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Reading the second chapter, “The Jews, the Nation State and Antisemitism”. Pages 11 to 54 in the paperback edition. About 43 pages, or so.
29 Mar – “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Reading the third chapter, “The Jews and Society”. Pages 54 to 89 in the paperback edition. About 35 pages, or so.
5 Apr – Freethought Discussion – Open Discussion on Topics of Interest
12 Apr – “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Reading the Fourth chapter, “The Dreyfus Affair” and the Fifth Chapter “The Political Emancipation of the Bourgeois”. Pages 89 to 158 in the paperback edition. About 69 pages, or so OVER TWO WEEKS READING.
19 Apr – “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Reading the Sixth chapter, “Race – Thinking Before Racism” Pages 158 to 185 in the paperback edition. About 28 pages. Many of us didn’t finish last week’s reading of Chapter 5, so we have a light reading schedule this time.
26 Apr – “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Seventh Chapter. “Race and Bureaucracy”, 185 to 221, approximately 35 Pages in the paperback edition.
3 May – Freethought Discussion – Bring you Ideas from the news, or other interests for discussion by the Group.
10 May – Eighth Chapter. “Continental Imperialism: The Pan Movements”, 222 to 266, approximately 44 Pages in the paperback edition.