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How violent systems maintain themselves
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How violent systems maintain themselves

It has long fascinated historians and others how such an apparently sophisticated society as ancient Rome could also be so barbaric, an ironic term, since they despised the so-called barbarians!   Nigel Pocock   In his recent highly original book (Roman Disasters, 2013), Prof. Jerry Toner makes the following insightful […]

Stereotyping, or the art of domination
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Stereotyping, or the art of domination

By ‘stereotyping’, we refer to labelling a person or culture with particular characteristics, whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In education, it is said that the student becomes ‘what the label denotes’.  Nigel Pocock   The label therefore becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. A student labelled an ‘idiot’ becomes one. There are three […]