BTS 2/12/07: The Occupation Project; Hannah Arendt

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On tonight’s BTS we begin with Marcy Winograd, live from Congressman Adam Schiff’s office – where activists are occupying the office to demand Schiff stop funding the Iraq occupation.

Hannah Arendt was alarmed in the 1970s by the government-lying bureaucrats who denied or lied away facts that did not fit their theories; they made scientific-sounding assertions which they then tried to impose on reality, enacting their theories as if they were a script. She called these bureaucrats ‘theoriocrats.’ We talk to Hannah Arendt’s biographer Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, whose new book Why Arendt Matters was published in time for the Arendt centenary in 2006 and addresses the currency of Arendt’s ideas in our own dark times.

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1. Marcy Winograd is President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). In 2006, she ran for Congress to replace pro-war incumbent Jane Harman in the 36th District and took 38% of the vote.

2. Elisabeth Young-Bruehl is an American academic and psychotherapist, currently a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City and on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has published a wide range of books, most notably biographies of Hannah Arendt and Anna Freud. Her 1982 biography of Hannah Arendt won the first Harcourt Award. Her book The Anatomy of Prejudices won the Association of American Publishers' prize for Best Book in Psychology in 1996.