On the political uses of evil
Elizabeth Bruenig

But do people really pointlessly destroy themselves and others, or does that only happen in existentialist novels? <i>They</i> generally think there’s some point in it. Hitler was evil, but he destroyed the Jews because he believed they were a threat to Germany, and he destroyed himself to avoid the humiliation of being captured, tried, and hanged. Suicide bombers exist where occupation seems interminable and the occupied see no other way out. And so on.

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