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.
Thread: What'cha Reading?
02-09-2016, 05:58 AM #1951
02-09-2016, 06:06 AM #1952
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.It is a luxury to be understood - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities - Voltaire
A kind thought is the hope of the world - Anon
02-12-2016, 02:55 PM #1953
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Parts of it hit a little close to home.
02-12-2016, 03:45 PM #1954
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.
smaller than color
02-13-2016, 04:31 PM #1955
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.
02-13-2016, 04:49 PM #1956
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion by Jonathan Haidt
I'd recommend this book to everyone.obviously you're going to get nothing from reading this
02-13-2016, 07:59 PM #1957
02-16-2016, 03:07 PM #1958
The Sun Also Rises I just picked it up today from a local library.Let thought and reasoning be your guide, it certainly is mine!
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02-25-2016, 09:46 PM #1959
Keith Wailoo (Editor), Alondra Nelson (Editor), Catherine Lee (Editor):
Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History
03-15-2016, 12:04 AM #1960
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