Understanding others, pondering possible futures: The Rule of the Clan

October 18, 2013


Mark Weiner

Mark Weiner

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:

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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