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Cruelty or HumanityChallenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities$
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Stuart Rees

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447356974

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447356974.001.0001

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Language for humanity

Language for humanity

(p.161) 8 Language for humanity
Cruelty or Humanity

Stuart Rees

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how seizing the opportunities to remove cruelties depends on enthusiasm for a revived democratic politics, plus facility in language to reinterpret human rights, advocate UN peace-keeping responsibilities, and promote the principles of humane governance. A language for humanity includes questions of identity, ideals of humane governance, and determination not to be cruel to future generations. Politicians have been curtailing freedoms in the interests of 'security', allegedly to make nation-states more efficient and to combat terrorist threats. These developments, coupled to a burning planet, display immediate crises. Instead of undue reverence for the integrity of nation-states, humane governance would champion the principle of the Responsibility to Protect. Advocacy of humane governance rests on indictments of the worst effects of capitalism: worldwide inequity, the invisible powers of corporations and appropriation of resources, impoverishment, huge incidence of mental illness, and vast numbers of people feeling worthless.

Keywords:   cruelties, democratic politics, human rights, UN peace-keeping, humane governance, humanity, worldwide inequity, identity, nation-states, impoverishment

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