Human Rights: What?
November 15, 2011
Quotations from a book entitled Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-Opted Human Rights, by James Peck.
“…the rise of the American human rights movement since the 1970s has coincided with an unprecedented increase in inequality, with brutal wars of occupation, and with a determination to establish American preeminence via the greatest concentration military power in history….In the end, the movement must decide: Can it find a way to truly confront the abusive operations of wealth and power in all their many forms? Or will it consent to being a weapon of privileged power seeking to protect it interests – and its conscience?” [ p. 9 ]
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