Jennifer Bryson, director of the Witherspoon Institute’s Islam and Civil Society Project, posted Scott Mann’s review of Mark Weiner’s Rule of the Clan. Weiner contrasts Western Modernism’s individualistic, law-abiding contractual society with the clan’s honor system and group subservience. We cannot work in such societies until we understand their basic assumptions — even as we refuse to romanticize their embedded suspicious and revenge killings.
One ponders in the wake of Congress’s recent debacle: Is the United States inching closer to the rule of the clan? Such thinking is probably far-fetched, but it is no longer impossibly remote.
Mann, the CEO and founder of the Stability Institute, reviewed the book in this no-special-effects video: