Inside Putin's Russia

Inside Putin's Russia

Book - 2004
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Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780195177978
Branch Call Number: 947.086 Jac
Characteristics: xvi, 362 p


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Jun 10, 2015

'. . . the average Chinese or African or Russian child has still so often been brought up in an atmosphere of infanticide, battering, sexual molestation, and severe domination that they can be predicted to need to repeat their parental holocausts on the historical stage in the future as they experience their new freedoms, repeating the democides of the twentieth century but with even greater destructive weapons. For that matter, the average American today was hit and in many ways abused as a child,* and as a result American military expenditures never went down after the end of the Cold War and “Fortress America” continues to prepare for a World War III. [William Greider, Fortress America: The American Military and the Consequences of Peace. New York: Public Affairs, 1999.] Just allowing the usual slow historical evolution of child rearing may not be enough to outweigh the escalating destructiveness of our weapons as more and more nations become able to trigger global nuclear annihilation. Therefore, the more advanced psychoclasses will have to actually intervene in the world’s families to help change parenting and thus childhood for nearly everyone on earth. Unless this can be done during the twenty-first century, it seems likely that the proliferating power of our weaponry could outrun the evolution of our child rearing and make the coming decades even more devastating in numbers than the twentieth century has been.

A new way to change parenting, community parenting centers, has in fact begun to be developed in a few American cities, and their surprising success provides hope that they can effectively decrease human violence around the world at affordable costs. Parenting centers not only have free classes and other help at the center for parents; they also have a staff that visits the homes of every child born in the community weekly during their first two years of life for free and helps the parents parent, teaching them what no school has ever thought it worthwhile to teach—that you need not be afraid of your children, that you need not hit them or use them for your needs, that you can love and trust them to grow up and turn out better than you did by not repeating on them the abuse you once endured. . . . They promise to be able to eliminate child abuse and thereby drastically reduce human violence around the globe, with costs only a tiny fraction of the $8 trillion the world has spent on warfare since World War II. [Ruth Leger Sivard, World Military and Social Expenditures. Washington, DC: World Priorities, 1998.]

Removing the causes of violence only takes empathy, foresight, and will, not huge resources. We are today like a group of people standing on the banks of a river trying desperately to save people we see drowning, but refusing to go upstream and stop them from being thrown in. The reduction of human violence involves prevention first of all—the removal of the source of the pathology—just like the prevention of any other human clinical disorder. That enough of us can summon the empathy and understanding needed to actually go out and change what has long been called our violent human nature is our main hope for the future of our precious world.'—Lloyd deMause, The Emotional Life of Nations [p. 224-5 (“War as Righteous Rape and Purification”)]

*Murray A. Strauss, Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families. New York: Lexington Books, 1994; Lloyd deMause, “The Universality of Incest.” The Journal of Psychohistory 19(1991): 123-164.


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