What is evil?

What is evil? We would almost certainly all of us say that Hitler was evil. And Stalin and Pol Pot. But most of them, although surely being evil beyond borders, executed their evil acts with help of others. Hitler never shot anyone, nor did Mussolini or Stalin. Leaders have a tradition to let others do their dirty work – probably with an exception of Uganda’s Idi Amin who wanted to taste blood himself.

But now – evil has been given a face.

This police handout picture shows Austrian Josef Fritzl. This man is a monster. He has today starting to tell the police in Austria how he imprisoned his daughter in a basement for 24 years (!) and fathered her seven children due to constantly raping her over and over again for decades. Today Josef Fritzl admitted to forcing his daughter Elisabeth into the basement of the family’s home in Amstetten, north-west Austria, on August 24 1984, when she was 18.

Today, the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard said in an editorial: “The whole country must ask itself just what is really, fundamentally going wrong.” Yea, how about that. Remember that other Austrian girl who got locked up by her dad in the basement. OK, it was “only” for 8 years, but common – we have to ask ourselves, what is seriously wrong with Austria???


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This blog belongs to Carl-Mikael A. Teglund - tegis. Swedish emigrant with a heart for languages, philosophy, history, and politics (classical liberalism in the European tradition). Go ahead and look, read, or listen. I'm sure you will find it interesting.
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