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    The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing by Michael Mann

    The Dark Side of Democracy | Political Sociology | Cambridge University Press

    A new theory of ethnic cleansing based on the most terrible cases (colonial genocides, Armenia, the Nazi Holocaust, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Rwanda) and cases of lesser violence (early modern Europe, contemporary India, and Indonesia). Murderous cleansing is modern, 'the dark side of democracy'. It results where the demos (democracy) is confused with the ethnos (the ethnic group). Danger arises where two rival ethno-national movements each claims 'its own' state over the same territory. Conflict escalates where either the weaker side fights because of aid from outside, or the stronger side believes it can deploy sudden, overwhelming force. Escalation is not simply the work of 'evil elites' or 'primitive peoples'. It results from complex interactions between leaders, militants, and 'core constituencies' of ethno-nationalism. Understanding this complex process helps us devise policies to avoid ethnic cleansing in the future.

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    Planning on finishing a couple of books today

    Also, wondering, hard if I should bother finishing strange evil by gatskell or whoever it was wrote it, its an amazing piece of work for a 14yr old but I'm beginning to think its going no where and I've so much other reading to do instead.

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    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Parts of it hit a little close to home.

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    I can't be the only one that almost exclusively reads fanfiction? Like no matter how terrible I just can't get enough of the stuff. The last big boy book I read was Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik in holy shit 2012! Wow.

    My friend has been trying to get me to read The Sword of Truth series but it is just. too. long. Wizard's First Rule alone is 800+ pages. There is just no way.

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    Rereading The Stranger by Camus. And probably Sisyphus too if I can find it again or the library has a copy.
    Had to read back to this point to find a book I had even heard of, much less read. You people are into some non-pop culture things.
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    Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon. It's quite cool, bros. Quite cool.

    I'll be able to knock it off my reading list which has been neglected for some time. This one's an audiobook version, and I'm digging the narrator, too.

    In the novel, there's a mention of fish. A surname like Sturgeon makes me curious whether the author ever got self-conscious about mentioning fish. It's a kind of thing I wonder about writers. Like, if your name is Sarah and you name a character Sarah, does it mean anything? Probably not, but maybe. I mean, it'd depend on the author, so I wonder which side a given author would land on.
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    The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion by Jonathan Haidt

    I'd recommend this book to everyone.
    [Interviewer: "What was it like to be defined by being beautiful?"]
    Connelly: "It's uncomfortable to talk about - there's no way to come off right! If you say you are beautiful, you sound obnoxious, and if you deny it, doesn't that sound obnoxious?"

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    I'm reading The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less for school.
    "Avoid getting too preoccupied thinking about what you’re going to do, to actually do it."
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    The Sun Also Rises I just picked it up today from a local library.
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    Keith Wailoo (Editor), Alondra Nelson (Editor), Catherine Lee (Editor):
    Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History

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    Goliath by Scott Westerfeild. This series has some of the best characters!
    "Avoid getting too preoccupied thinking about what you’re going to do, to actually do it."
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