I’m having trouble with Arendt’s idea of freedom and action. I think she may be obsessed with Kant, leading her to conclude that
freedom is no more ascertainable to the inner sense and within the field of inner experience than it is to the sense with which we know and understand the world (151, Between Past and Future)
freedom is primarily experienced in action (151)
Really though? Freedom is only actualized, or experienced through action? Perhaps, but what would Fanon say about the psychic effects of colonialism? I don’t like her notion of freedom being purely active. Freedom is also a thought, and perhaps an affect. Yes, freedom is relational, but it almost sounds like action is synonymous with changing matter, ie. materialism. For Fanon, would freedom, in its psychic and material forms, be the revolutionary achievement that would follow after the violent actions to overthrow colonialism?
I suppose she’s less concerned with the “inner life” or “the life of the mind” here. I’m trying to find her quote about spontaneity and read it against Fanon’s idea of spontaneity in Wretched of the Earth.