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Accusation in a Mirror

2022-10-10 18:36:42.525927+02 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Well worth a read, explains so much about modern political tactics: Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Accusation in a Mirror Kenneth L. Marcus of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

One of the most astonishing discoveries in the history of genocide studies was the Note Relative a la Propagande d'Expansion et de Recrutement (the "Note"), a mimeographed document found in Butare prefecture in the wake of the Rwandan genocide. The Note, which draws from Goebbels, Lenin, and others, is a manual of the rhetorical methods that could be used to inflame ordinary people to attack their countrymen.' For jurists attempting to interpret or apply the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the "Genocide Convention") and related statutes, this discovery has been illuminating because it demonstrates the instrumentalities through which propaganda can be used to incite mass- murder. The Genocide Convention's prohibition of incitement is central to efforts to prevent genocide, so it is unfortunate that the Note's principal rhetorical contribution-the method called "accusation in a mirror" ("AiM")-has yet to receive the attention from legal scholars and tribunals that it deserves. If properly understood, the concept of AiM could assist jurists in correcting the Genocide Convention's most conspicuous weakness (i.e., its utter failure to prevent genocides before the killings occur).

As Elf Sternberg noted when linking to this:

It has become a cliche to say that every Republican accusation is a confession, but AiM goes further: it states that everything the genocides will do, they first accuse the other party of doing first. And not vague accusations. Precise accusations.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: Accusation in a Mirror made: 2022-10-11 12:18:32.771782+02 by: stevesh

I've enjoyed your blog for many years, despite our political differences, but Republicans = genocide? Please.

#Comment Re: Accusation in a Mirror made: 2022-10-11 19:13:11.857407+02 by: Dan Lyke

It is a slippery slope, and from my perspective Republicans are greasing it.

#Comment Re: Accusation in a Mirror made: 2022-10-11 19:20:53.372223+02 by: Dan Lyke

And I would distinguish this to say “the Q branch”, but the Q branch is now representative of the mainstream Republican party.

And it’s pretty damned clear what they’re after.

#Comment Re: Accusation in a Mirror made: 2022-10-13 00:54:49.066282+02 by: Dan Lyke

And when Republicans are suggesting that parents be thrown in jail for life for allowing their children access to medical care that is supported by every major medical group, yeah, I'm gonna say "Republican = genocide".

Until they get their shit together and start expelling and calling out the haters, rather than embracing them.

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