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Ideologies of War, Genocide & Terror
Part VI: O’Brien - Seiyo
This Newsletter—the sixth presenting entries from the Ideologies of War website—includes links to:
  • Maciej Paprocki on immigrants as invading pathogens
  • Rudolph Rummel's groundbreaking research on 20th century mass-murder (democide)
  • Scott Romaniuk on Nazi genocide in Poland
  • Excerpts from Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain
  • Takuan Seiyo on the First World War as European suicide
  • Meghan O'Donnell on the Nazi ideology of death
Please take your time reviewing the list of items below.
Then click through to read any document.
O'Brien, Gerald V.
Indigestible Food, Conquering Hordes, and Waste Materials: Metaphors of Immigrants and the Early Immigration Restriction Debate in the United States
  In the United States, fear and denigration of immigrants was present throughout the 19th century.  Whether the country could adequately assimilate such a large number of persons was a predominant concern. The organism metaphor was a particularly apt means of describing the presumed adverse impact of immigrants on the nation. The central feature of the organism metaphor is that the social community is viewed as analogous to a physical body. Just as the integrity of our own bodies may be threatened by contaminating external elements, so too is the social body vulnerable to corruption by invading sub-groups.
Social Justice Implications of the Organism Metaphor
  The denigration of marginalized groups is frequently supported through the widespread employment of metaphors that present a pejorative image of the group in question. The organism metaphor, wherein the target group is portrayed as a threat to the integrity of the social body, is a particularly important metaphoric theme in the advancement of social injustice.
O’Donnell, Meghan
Dangerous Undercurrent: Death, Sacrifice and Ruin in Third Reich Germany
  Beneath the Nazi façade of racial supermen and cultural glory, another ideology developed, one obsessed with death, ruin and martyrdom which helped bring Hitler’s Germany to its apex, and then to its ultimate climactic end.
O'Dwyer, Thomas
Not The 9 O'Clock News (Article)
Waking Up the World (Video)
Paprocki, Maciej
Infecting the body politic? Modern and post-modern (ab)use of IMMIGRANTS ARE INVADING PATHOGENS metaphor in American socio-political discourse (Paper)
Petrović, Predrag
Enemy as the Essence of the Political (Article)
Rayle, Crystal
Captives of Hell: The Treatment of Soviet Prisoners of War Captured by the Nazi Army 1941-1942 (Paper)
Romaniuk, Scott Nicholas
Becoming Hitler's Army: Nazi Killers and the Making of Genocidal Warfare (Paper)
Rummel, Rudolph J.
20th Century Democide (Statistics)
  “The new total for the 20th Century = 262,000,000.”
20th Century Mortacracies (Statistics)
Definition of Democide (Book Chapter)
Democide in Totalitarian States: Mortacracies and Megamurderers (Book Chapter)
War Isn't This Century's Biggest Killer (Article)
Sang, Hea Kil
A Diseased Body Politic (Paper)
Scarry, Elaine
The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (Book Excerpts)
Schmelowszky, Ágoston
The Corporation: Variants of an Unconscious Phantasy in European Cultural Discourse (Paper)
Seiyo, Takuan
The Last Samurai and Europe's First Suicide (Article)