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  •  Read a history of Ireland if you want to see the (3+ / 0-)

    same type of dynamic in action -- the Anglo-Normans, then the English, and then the Protestants justified the gradual immiseration of the Irish over centuries by saying, essentially, that they were less than human.  For example, although Shakespeare's Caliban is usually portrayed today as black, there's much better evidence that he was originally intended to represent the Irish.  (E.g., his skin is described as "freckled" and his mother as "blue-eyed.).  But it's not like the English have had a monopoly on degrading other nations or races in their minds into subhumans. The dehumanization of a exploited class in the minds of the exploiters is a universal rationalization for the exploitation.  

    •  One need not even travel (0+ / 0-)

      Farther back than the 20th century to find a case study in this behavior:

      NSDAP, anyone?

      Tragic, how many examples there are.

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      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:50:34 AM PST

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