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Remember that line from Jeremiah Johnson:
” …a tribe’s greatness is figured on how mighty its enemies be.”
That’s what Hannah Arendt ran into when she coined the phrase “banality of evil”. It was just too much for some people to think of the Nazis as ordinary humans, trying to get through the day like anybody else. She was ostracized for proposing that the archetypal enemy of the 20th century was not a nation of monsters. The thought that some of the greatest evil in recent history happened simply because millions of people doing ordinary jobs didn’t have the time, energy, or courage to look closely at what they were doing was too horrible to contemplate.
But that’s the terrifying truth: Most of the worst of humanity comes out when people are simply lazy, projects are underfunded, or there’s not enough time to do a good job. Since this happens all the time, any of us could fall into it any time, as either perp or victim.
Submitted for your approval: the case of the murder of Hae Min Lee.
You’ve all listened to the podcast by now, right? In a twelve-hour binge, if you only discovered it after it was done, eh? Listen here, if not: http://serialpodcast.org
So you know that the prosecution had a very weak case: the word of one presumptive accomplice, known as Jay, who never did any time for his part and told the story VERY differently every time he was questioned, backed up only by the defendant’s cell phone
records, which MIGHT partially corroborate SOME of it. The prosecution simply didn’t use any parts of the records that might have disagreed with their narrative. Continue reading