The Banality of Evil

Hannah Arendt used that phrase to describe Adolf Eichmann.

Over the course of my life time I have met a few very evil people. People who though seemingly very nice I have later learned were members of the KKK, John Birch Society or other viciously racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or misogynistic organizations.

What is being exposed regarding the criminal conspiracy of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is a perfect example of how monstrously evil people can at once nice cultured people and at the same time do things like child rape, lynchings and the commission of genocide.

Willow has stated that she has corresponded with some of these people and they have exchanged pleasant conversations. She then extrapolates from those exchanges that other sisters view of these people as monsters is inaccurate. She cites the very confused Dr. Lawrence’s friendship with these people as an example of how they couldn’t possibly hate transsexual people without noting how the Nazis used Jewish collaborators to aid them in their commission of genocide against all Jewish people. The Nazis even had a name for these collaborators, who they called Sonder Kommandos.

The cowardice of people like Rekers and Bailey which compels them to keep their own homosexuality/transgenderism/transsexuality hidden while attacking other who are out and proud is identical to those one occasionally learns about. Like the leader of the American Nazi party who was Jewish, or the leader of Aryan Nation who was half black.

It is easy to say, “But these people were nice to me.” It is rare for people who actually have the position of power that garners respect within Academe to display the snarling vicious mind that is the mien of Fred Phelps and his cult of evil minions.

More often one finds a Martin Heidegger, someone insightful, cultured, even charming as well as vicious bigot and a Nazi.

One thing I have discovered about Janice Raymond is that her anti-transsexual ideology is motivated not by feminism but by Catholicism. The same motivator that drives Maggie Gallagher in her vicious campaign to deprive LGBT/T people the right to marry their partners.

I was raised Catholic and at an early age saw that it used religion as justification for a wide range of bigotry including vicious Antisemitism, homophobia and some of the vilest misogyny one find anywhere outside of fundamentalist Islam. At the same time the church introduced me to art and music such as Bach and Handel.

Which is the true face and is it not just possible that the smiling face of the culture is not just a mask that hides the banality of their evil?

10 Responses to “The Banality of Evil”

  1. Willow Arune Says:


    A collaborator. Nope, I don’t think so. The comparison you suggest is odious.

    But whatever. I’ve been called worse and still survive. Nazis – that reminds me of the first blast that started the Great Transsexual War years ago. Baiely was a Nazi, was he not? Whispering in the Pope’s ear and all?

    I wonder. Why do you go for the messenger and not the facts? Is that not a rather silly way of trying to disagree? Using Nazis? With all respect, that is simply silly.

    Using the title of that group is neat and adds to the supposed authenticity of the statement, I guess. That must be the purpose and for far too many, that trick works.

    Come on, Suzan – you can do better than that!

    • Suzan Says:

      I go for the Nazi… In this case the Bailey, Blanchards etc. Indeed my favorite computer game is the Call of Duty series and one of my very favorite of all pass times is killing Nazis.

      Why are you a Sonderkommando? Why do you defend the oppressor? It make you into an Uncle Tom or Auntie Tom as the case may be. Some one who defends the monsters who are responsable for our oppression.

      Is your self hatred that deep?

  2. Willow Arune Says:

    Golly! I guess I am just not up to date on American usage…

    Glenn Beck said “social justice” is a “code” for Marxism, communism, and Nazism. So by calling me a Nazi, that is just your way of saying I stand for social justice? Ah, I see.

    Well, that’s quite all right. For a few moments there, I thought you were trying to be nasty…

    • Suzan Says:

      Glen Beck is a Nazi scumbag who sheds the tears of Niobe. Screw Godwin.
      Being a left wing “commie” I know a thing or two about this. Liberal, progressive, Democratic, anarchist = Commie. Conservative, family values, capitalist, Christian, libertarian = Nazi. They play the game I play the game with greater accuracy.

      Willow you are wearing out your welcome defending the indefensible. It make you little more than a stupid tool of bigots and Nazis. You picked the wrong side.

      You are trying to argue it to some one who is in the same camp as Andrea James.

  3. tinagrrl Says:

    Well, well, well, so the “old Willow” reasserts herself.

    BBLZ et. al. are more extensions of Glenn Beck than Suzan is. To align yourself with the oppressor — or those who would be the oppressor if they were ALLOWED to be — is odious.

    It matters not how “nice” they are to their acolytes. The end result of their activities results in a flawed understanding of transsexuals and the transsexual experience.

    If anything, you — with your very non-typical story and experience, and your many battles with your medical establishment — should understand that.

    I cannot understand why you align yourself with those who would reduce us to “less than” , or aid and abet those who would reduce us to THIRD class citizenship — as opposed to the second class status we now have.

    My glib answer is, “self-hatred”. Is it more than that?

  4. Marlene Says:

    *Anyone* who defends Bailey and Blanchard — *especially* if they’re transgendered, needs to have their head examined!

    These two sad excuses for human beings have no place in legitimate psychological circles! They’re worse than Nicolosi and Socarides with their so-called “studies” and “research”!

  5. tinagrrl Says:

    By the way, “Godwins Law” tends to be misused by right-wing-Fascist-Nazi-apologists to “win” an internet “argument” where the comparison to Nazis is totally correct, totally appropriate, and on point.

    At the same time, these folks think it just fine to call their progressive opponents “Commie”, “pinko”, “Socialist” (when that became a “bad” word, I’ll never know), “collectivist”, “community organizer”, “fellow traveler”, etc., etc., etc., etc.

    No one bothers to scream in delight, “YOU LOSE”, when these NAZIS use those words, those tactics, that “framing”.

    Therefore, if the Nazi shoe fits — wear the damn thing!

  6. Willow Arune Says:

    Okay, point taken.

    It was an interesting visit. I think we agree on many issues, far more than we differ on. Still, as this is your sandbox, I am sure you would rather be with those who agree fully with you in all matters. Makes it a lot easier…

    Sorry, the Nazi shoe does not fit – it is merely an insult that avoids any discussion on the issues. Too often that tactic is used to avoid issues, as you seem to do here. Fine.

    It was my hope that some rational discussion were possible after all this time. I am truly sorry that such has proved nto to be the case.

    So all of you can get back to agreeing with each other on everything. Don’t read, think or challenge those who feed you the standartd stories. Believe fully on all that you are told. Have a happy life…


    • Suzan Says:

      Most people aren’t so self-hating as to read the the hate literature of bigots and internalize it.

      There is a reason why people like Bailey and Blanchard are on the SPLC’s Hate Watch list.

  7. Andrea B. Says:

    @ Willow Arune

    You are a collaborator of the worst kind. You actually support their hate speech against transsexual being by being a poster child for autogyephilia.

    You are a volunteer sonder kommando who wallows in a cesspit of suffering created by Bailey, Blanchard, Rekers, Lawrence, Zucker, etc.

    Why are you posting on a site which states clearly that transsexual people are born that way and not engaging in some sort of bizarrely aquried sexual fantasy which exists only in the heads of extremely sexually disturbed clinicans and academics?

    Why do you support clincians and academics who impose there paraphilia’s onto innocent transsexual people?

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