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Mea CulpaLessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899623

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.001.0001

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What Dehumanization Predicts

What Dehumanization Predicts

The Landscapes of Future Regret

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Mea Culpa

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

Having identified the moral compass of the dehumanization of groups as the predictive framework of social regret, this chapter applies that lens to identify today’s forms of subordination. Several current policies and practices are exposed as ripe candidates for future regret, each explored in subsequent chapters. The chapter also argues against any politicized origins of the predictive framework, rejecting any argument that the predictive lens and the reforms it suggests are merely a restatement of liberal ideals rather than having an organic origin. Ultimately, conservative readers are challenged to identify their own alternative moral compass stepped in our history of regret, while steering clear of any predictive framework grounded in economic or public-safety arguments given the flaws evident through a historical review.

Keywords:   regret, dehumanization, subordination

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