Arendt articulates the subconscious hesitance of the status quo:

On some level most people want to avoid permanent revolution. This can be a healthy instinct. In times like ours, not so much.

The arbitrariness of political orders as such that the French Revolution made visible doesn’t “haunt” anyone in America really because it’s so well-hidden. A few university courses on what the author of this quote terms “political existentialism” could change that.

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