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06 FEBRUARY 2015

The search for paedophiles is more carnival than witch-hunt

"Our collective sympathy for the victims is obviously a given. And yet the quest to unearth celebrity sex offenders has become a form of crude cultural entertainment–but it is less witch–hunt, more carnival, in the sense proposed by critic Mikhail Bakhtin. Here social hierarchies are profaned and subverted by normally suppressed voices. Thus, the marginalised become the focus, princes become paupers, and opposites combine (high and low, fact and fantasy, heaven and hell).

This circus is conducted with a grotesque, 'world–upside–down' energy and black humour, in which charivari–ritual chastising and humiliation, not least of sexual transgressions–is accompanied by raucous collective mirth. Ultimately, order is restored, but not before authority figures have taken a beating.

And so we witness the toppling of the powerful by a righteous mob, as men of a certain age and cultural authority–backed by a degree of establishment collusion–are brought low with a barely contained collective thrill. Sometimes it feels as if all the icons of our childhood have been outed as sexual deviants–revenge for every night of bad television endured during the 1970s."

(Hannah Betts, 7 December 2012, The Guardian)

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Simon Perkins
20 JUNE 2013

The Stanford Prison Experiment

"Welcome to the Stanford Prison Experiment web site, which features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment, including parallels with the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.

How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two–week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please join me on a slide tour describing this experiment and uncovering what it tells us about the nature of human nature."

(Philip G. Zimbardo)

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1971Abu Ghraib Prisonauthoritybrutalitycommand responsibility • Cool Hand Luke (1967) • dehumanisationdeindividuationdignitydisciplineethics • guard • guilthuman experimentationhuman naturehuman subjectshuman willhumiliationimprisonmentmoral dignitymoral dilemmamoralitynature of morality • Philip Zimbardo • powerpower corruptsprisonprisonerpsychology • research experiment • research study • self-controlsimulation studysocial experimentssocial responsibility • Stanford Prison Experiment • suffering injustice

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Simon Perkins
29 APRIL 2011

The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back

Alan Lowery and John Pilger's 1985 documentary "The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back" which describes the shameful history of persecution of the Aborigines in Australia.

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1985Alan Loweryancient peopleanimist belief systematrocitiesAustraliaAustralian Aborigine • Australian Radiation Laboratory • Captain Cook • Charlie Perkins • colonisationcultural hegemonycultural historycultural identitycultural resistanceculture and customs • David Gulpilil • desertdiscriminationdocumentary filmFirst Australians • Freda Thornton • genocideGough Whitlamhumiliation • Indigenous Australia • Indigenous AustraliansIndigenous peopleJohn Pilger • Keith Lokan • Kevin Kearney • land rights • malnutrition • Maralinga • Marcia Langton • Mario Fredericks • massacre • Mawuyul Yanthalawuy • native people • nigger hunt • noble savage • nuclear testing • persecution • Preston Clothier • racial inequality • Ray Henman • resistanceself-determinationTerra NulliusTorres Strait Islander • unoccupied land • Vince Forresterwhite settlement

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Simon Perkins
24 MAY 2009

Systematic humiliation of MPs over their expenses is a threat to democracy in Britain

"In his article, Dr [Rowan] Williams agreed that action was needed to restore confidence in the political system and that the 'no rules were broken' mentality that featured in many MPs' responses represented a 'basic problem' in contemporary moral thinking.

But he argued the point had now been made and that further revelations could have a damaging effect.

'The continuing systematic humiliation of politicians itself threatens to carry a heavy price in terms of our ability to salvage some confidence in our democracy,' he said."
(BBC News, 23 May 2009)

[The recent controversy surrounding UK MP expenses claims acts to undermine the traditional authority of the UK political class and in so doing represents a consequence of post–traditional situation.]

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Archbishop of Canterbury • democracyhumiliationmorality • MP expenses • politicspost-traditionalscandalUK

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Simon Perkins
11 AUGUST 2005

Christian forces humiliating Muslims in their own heartland

"[Islam, like Christianity] is fuelled by diverse factors. Some point to the growing resentment of being humiliated by the Christian West. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq have been the most recent causes for resentment, of Christian forces humiliating Muslims in their own heartland. The support of Israel by the United States to the neglect of the Palestinian people only confirms such resentment in the minds of many. But there are other factors as well. Many young, educated males in Muslim lands cannot find jobs. Since Western technology has failed them, they turn to their faith. The sheer pace of globalisation, and the migration of Muslims out of majority–Muslim countries into a Muslim diaspora have created an alienation that makes people cling more to their faith. Movements of revival have been moving through the Muslim world since the 1930s, but the recent developments of globalisation and migration have brought them to the attention of the rest of the world. As recently as the early 1990s, French scholar Olivier Roy saw worldwide Islam as too decentralised and too disorganised to make much social difference. Today, he speaks more carefully about what he sees happening."

(Robert J. Schreiter, p.5)

2). Schreiter, R. J. (2005). "A New Modernity: Living and Believing in an Unstable World". The Anthony Jordan Lectures, Newman Theological College, Edmonton Alberta, March 18–19, 2005 p.5. http://www.mission–preciousblood.org/Docsfiles/schreiter_new_modernity.pdf (Accessed 10 August 2005).

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