The Predator Culture : The Systemic Roots and Intent of Organised Violence

Description

Understanding the territorial basis of political power and wealth is the pre-requisite, the author argues, for making sense of issues as diverse as genocide, narco-gangsterism, terrorism and fascism. Fred Harrison draws on global-wide case studies to show how the violent birth of nation-states, whether the result of territorial conquests or colonialism, splits the population into two classes, victors and vanquished. This division is perpetuated and legitimated through the system of land tenure. The pathological consequences - as diverse as failed states, organised crime (mafia), religious fundamentalism and the re-emergence of piracy - are the result of the violent uprooting of the original inhabitants from their homelands. The struggle over land and resources, Harrison contends, is at the root of all of today's global crises. Some attempts are being made to restore land to those in need, ranging from the offer of land in Afghanistan to the Taliban as an inducement to set aside their violent strategies, to the sharing of the rents of oil in Nigeria to entice eco-warriors into mainstream politics. But these piecemeal tactics fail to synthesise the conditions for peace and prosperity. "The Predator Culture" provides a framework for truth and reconciliation in what has become a violent world that is slipping dangerously out of control.

Details

Author(s)
Fred Harrison
Format
Paperback | 192 pages
Dimensions
148 x 210 x 13mm | 272.16g
Publication date
01 Jun 2010
Publisher
Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
ISBN10
0856832731
ISBN13
9780856832734
Bestsellers rank
1,360,473