Societal Contexts for Family Relations: Development, Violence and Stress | Raine Eisler (2016)

The effect of families on whether children do or do not flourish has long been recognized by psychology. However, families do not spring up in isolation from their social, economic, and cultural contexts. As the primary means of socialization, families have to prepare children to function in their larger cultural context. In other words, what we are dealing with is not a matter of simple causes and effects but of mutually supporting interactive systems dynamics.

Analyzing these interactive dynamics has been the focus of my multi-disciplinary cross-cultural historical study of human societies. (Eisler, 1987; 1995; 2000; 2007) This study led to the identification of two underlying cultural configurations that transcend conventional categories such as religious vs. secular, Eastern vs. Western, preindustrial vs. industrial, or rightist vs. leftist: the partnership system and the domination system.

No society is a pure domination or partnership system. However, as I will briefly develop in this chapter, the degree to which a society orients to either end of the partnership/domination continuum affects the kinds of beliefs and behaviors people consider normal or abnormal, moral or immoral, and even possible or impossible – with profound implications for whether or not children flourish. Read More

“Attacking Crime, Violence and Homicide: Unity is Strength” by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

Attacking Crime, Violence and Homicide:  Unity is Strength Patrick Martin August 31, 2018 The profound wisdom of our culture says, “One hand can’t clap”. Unity, a coalition of political will, is critical to restoring societal peace. Ours is a nation burdened with post-traumatic ailments. Knowing what we are personally experiencing, the citizenry continues to plead… Read More

How Western imperial power set out to destroy Syria / Right to Left: UK foreign policy on Syria follows an historical pattern – by Daniel Margrain

Reproduced form: https://renegadeinc.com/western-imperial-power-set-destroy-syria/ How Western imperial power set out to destroy Syria By Daniel Margrain POLITICS There are 22 members of the Arab League, 21 of which are clients of the US. Syria is the remaining Arab state whose allegiances lie elsewhere.  Syria is a client state of Russia and Iran is their only ally.… Read More

Groupthink and the Malignant Normality of Violence and War

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by… Read More

Report on the National Crime Reduction Symposium and Follow-up Workshop held on 9th February 2017 in St. Kitts and 2nd March 2017 in Nevis

NATIONAL CRIME REDUCTION AND PREVENTION STRATEGY (PDF Report) Table of Contents  Acknowledgement Introduction: Summary Report on Symposium Comprehensive National Crime Reduction and Prevention Strategy Outline of Crime Reduction and Prevention Strategies Proposed by Stakeholder Groups to Address the Various Roots of Crime Miscellaneous Strategies and Recommendations Tabulating Crime Statistics to Capture Roots of Crime Data Appendix… Read More

“Seventeen” by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

Seventeen  Patrick Martin, MD Student & Resident Citizen Seventeen year olds are children in late adolescence. They should be buried in books or software development, not in a grave. They should be taking shots at goal or throwing the shot put, not shooting or being shot at. The nation continues to reel under the burden… Read More

Aggression and Violence: The Neurobiology of Experience‏

Reproduced from: http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/aggression_violence.htm Aggression and Violence: The Neurobiology of Experience By Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. Each year in the United States alone, over 5 million children are directly exposed to violence. The most common form of destructive aggression takes place in the home in the form of physical abuse or domestic violence. The impact of… Read More

Watch “Violence: The Delusion of Justice” on Vimeo

“Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. So violence isn’t merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle,… Read More