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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Justice

JUSTICE: “Justice requires not only the ceasing and desisting of injustice but also requires either punishment or reparation for injuries and damages inflicted for prior wrongdoing. The essence of justice is the redistribution of gains earned through the perpetration of injustice. If restitution is not made and reparations not instituted to compensate for prior injustices, […]

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Drapetomania

DRAPETOMANIA:According to Wikipedia, “Drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 that caused black slaves to flee captivity. Today, drapetomania is considered an example of pseudoscience, and part of the edifice of scientific racism. The term derives from the Greek δραπετης (drapetes, ‘a runaway [slave]‘) + μανια (mania, […]

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: A False Problem

FALSE PROBLEM: “A ‘false’ problem is one that, on the surface, appears to be valid, but upon closer scrutiny is only a symptom of the true problem…When the underlying dynamic is exposed, analyzed and understood, it is possible to remedy the symptom (false problem). Only then can short-term and long-term tactics be developed. When the […]

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Prejudice vs Racism

“All people have prejudices; this may be considered to be one of humankind’s great failings. However, for a group to be legitimately classified as racist, it must possess the power to impose its prejudices on members of other ethnic groups. Power transforms a ‘pre-judged belief’ into an ideology that is popularized, legitimized, and finally, incorporated […]

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Psychological Warfare & Political Warfare

“The following definition is provided by a former Director of Psychological Operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense: ‘Psychological operations may be defined broadly as the planned use of communications to influence human attitudes and behavior…conducted to create in target groups behavior, emotions, and attitudes that support the attainment of national objectives.’ Psychological […]

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Courage

COURAGE “Courage is not, of course, the absence of fear in the face of danger. The absence of fear under such circumstances would be symptomatic of a mental disorder of one variety or another. Courage, rather, has to do with how one manages fear in the face of danger. Courage, further, is that sensitive, raw […]

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: History

HISTORY: “History is what creates a shared identity in a people. It is based on that shared identity that they act collectively. To take away a people’s history, to degrade their history is to degrade their sense of shared identity, is to remove the basis upon which they must behave collectively and reach their goals […]

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: POWER

“Power is defined, in physics, as any form of energy or force available for work or applied to produce motion or pressure. Used in terms of social dynamics, the term power has essentially the same meaning, namely, the force required to bring about- or to prevent- social, political, or economic changes. It is relevant to […]

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