Hi Louis — I get that resistance. Maybe that charity will be proven misplaced. But we all have to start somewhere. I do say we should be vigilant, and the article actually ends after the lines you cite, quoting Arendt on the need to be way of the wheedling liberal that would make us rationalize totalitarian behavior. All I am saying is that we can and should give him a chance to show that many of his worst statements were rhetorical. Which does not excuse them.