Free Thought Discussion

The Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For more information contact Hilton at:

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

Some previously read books

Our customs on book nominations & voting


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