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Brecht – the great political criminals

April 15, 2014

“The great political criminals must be exposed and exposed especially to laughter. They are not great political criminals, but people who permitted great political crimes, which is something entirely different…. If the ruling classes permit a small crook to become a great crook, he is not entitled to a privileged position in our view of history. That is, the fact that he becomes a great crook and that what he does has great consequences does not add to his stature.”

Cited by Hannah Arendt in an interview with Roger Errera, in 1974, later captured in in the New York Review of Books (10/26/1978).

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