[sixties-l] Fwd: John Mohawk's "Utopian Legacies"

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Date: Fri Jun 23 2000 - 20:06:44 CUT

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    >Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest and Oppression
    >in the Western World, by John C. Mohawk. Clear Light
    >Publishers, Santa Fe, NM. 287 pp. paperback 14.95
    > From the book jacket:
    >Western civilization embodies a tragic paradox. The most savage
    >behaviors - from ethnic cleansing to enslavement and genocide -
    >are deeply rooted in the highest aspirations of the Western world.
    >Religions that preach love have been used to justify bloody
    >massacres, and utopian ideals have led to the annihilation of
    >groups believed to stand in the way of "progress" toward an
    >ideal society.
    >In a gripping narrative, John Mohawk examines Western history
    >in light of the patterns of utopian thinking that have rationalized
    >religious wars, subjugation of Indigenous peoples, genocide, slavery,
    >plunder, and campaigns of world conquest from the time of the
    >ancient Greeks to the present day. Mohawk argues that persecution,
    >oppression, and intolerance will continue until humanity embraces
    >a pluralistic outlook, which offers the only hope for peace and
    >understanding among the peoples of the world.
    >"John Mohawk presents us with a major philosophical analysis
    >of Western history by examining the manner in which lofty goals
    >become practical programs that are the antithesis of the original
    >vision. We see that we face two major obstacles in affirming
    >the rights of all human beings to basic consideration: the Western
    >philosophical framework itself and the peculiarly American
    >version of that worldview. This is a work that everyone should
    >take seriously."
    > Vine Deloria, Jr. - Professor of History & Religious
    > Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, author of Custer
    > Died for Your Sins and God is Red.
    >"John Mohawk presents a provocative analysis of the origins of
    >the many skeletons in the closet of Western political and religious
    >movements. From the Roman legions to the Holocaust to the World
    >Trade Organization, dreams of 'Utopia' give access to excess."
    > Chief Oren R. Lyons, Director of Native American Studies, State
    > University of New York at Buffalo
    >John C. Mohawk is a member of the Seneca Nation at
    >Cattaraugus, New York. An Associate Professor of History,
    >he teaches in the American Studies Department at the State
    >University of New York at Buffalo. He edited Exiled in the
    >Land of the Free (Clear Light) and A Basic Call to Conscious-
    >ness, and he is the author of contributed chapters as well
    >as articles in a wide range of publications. He is the founder
    >of the journal Akwesasne Notes.

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