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The Supremacist Syndrome: How Domination Underpins Slavery, Genocide, the Exploitation of Women, and the Maltreatment of Animals

The Supremacist Syndrome: How Domination Underpins Slavery, Genocide, the Exploitation of Women, and the Maltreatment of Animals

by Peter Marsh
The Supremacist Syndrome: How Domination Underpins Slavery, Genocide, the Exploitation of Women, and the Maltreatment of Animals

The Supremacist Syndrome: How Domination Underpins Slavery, Genocide, the Exploitation of Women, and the Maltreatment of Animals

by Peter Marsh

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A careful and compelling examination of the human supremacism that underlies ideologies such as anti-Semitism, genocide, racism, misogyny, and cruelty to animals.

Proponents of human exceptionalism claim that only humans possess certain morally significant capacities, and as a result are entitled to be treated better than members of all other species. In the last fifty years, scientists have discovered how these capacities are shared by other species, which only raises the questions of how and why we evade responsibility for inhumane behavior, not only to animals but to one another.

To answer these questions, independent scholar Peter Marsh examines in depth three different ideologies: ethnonationalist supremacism (the Holocaust in Hungary), racial supremacism (the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium in the Congo), and gender-based supremacism (men’s treatment of women in Victorian and Edwardian England). He shows how supremacists applied mechanisms of moral disengagement to legitimize and evade personal responsibility for oppressing and exploiting members of a less-powerful group.

Marsh then considers whether these different types of supremacism have common features and compares them to the way we treat animals to examine whether that, too, causes unjustified harm to members of a weaker group and is wrong in the same way racism, sexism, and other supremacist ideologies are. Finally, he asks what we can do to overcome human supremacism and other supremacist ideologies, providing practical examples of cross-cultural collaboration, humane education, veganism, and extending concepts of identity beyond borders of culture, race, and nation.


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ISBN-13: 9781590566251
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 03/23/2021
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Marsh received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University in 1976. Since receiving a law degree four years later, he has represented people with disabilities and organizations that provide services to them. He has also helped government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit groups develop humane animal protection programs throughout the United States and written two books about the eradication of population-control killing in animal shelters. Peter lives with his wife in a small New Hampshire town.

Table of Contents

Illustrations, Charts, and Maps ix

Acknowledgments xi

Author's Note xiii

Introduction 1

I The Holocaust in Hungary 9

1 Mission Impossible: To Escape from Auschwitz and Tell the World about It 11

2 The Master of Mass Murder Arrives in Hungary 25

3 Reprieve 37

4 The Bloodhound Returns 46

The Inferno 54

Epilogue 58

II King Leopold's Congo 61

1 A Slice of Magnificent African Cake 63

2 A Secret Society of Murderers 65

3 "Poor People; Poor, Poor People" 69

4 Leopold's Commissioners Journey to the Heart of Darkness 77

5 Belgium Takes Over the Congo: Will the New Boss Be the Same as the Old Boss 85

Epilogue 92

III Votes for Women 95

1 "Milly, after Elizabeth and I Open the Universities and Medical Profession to Women, You Must Get Us the Vote" 97

2 The Thin End of the Wedge 105

3 Constance Lytton: Making a Track to the Water's Edge 112

4 "No Surrender!" 121

5 The Great Pilgrimage to the Vote 131

Epilogue 145

IV Robbery with Violence: Core Elements of Supremacist Belief Systems 149

V Of Human Chauvinism 159

VI On Factory Farms, Money Talks but in Obscenities 175

VII On Family Farms, Money May Not Swear, But It Still Talks Too Loud 187

VIII Overcoming Supremacism 205

Afterword: Beyond Supremacism 221

Notes 225

References and Bibliography 275

Index 297

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