numbers and evil

In this sentence psychologist James Hillman could be describing neoliberalism …

Working the levers of duty, following the hierarchy of command without imagining anything beyond the narrowness of facts reduced to yet narrower numbers …[1]

But the sentence finishes like this:

… precisely describes Franz Stangl, who ran the Treblinka death camp, and also describes what Hannah Arendt defines as evil, drawing her paradigmatic example from the failure of intellect and imagination in Adolf Eichmann.

I don’t want to trivialise the holocaust, but Hillman’s writing haunts me not just because of then, but also because of now.

[1]: James Hillman, A Terrible Love of War, p.5