By Mark S. Weiner
A revealing examine the position kin-based societies have performed all through heritage and round the world
A full of life, wide-ranging meditation on human improvement that provides impressive classes for the way forward for glossy individualism, The Rule of the Clan examines the constitutional ideas and cultural associations of kin-based societies, from medieval Iceland to trendy Pakistan.
Mark S. Weiner, knowledgeable in constitutional legislation and felony historical past, exhibits us that actual person freedom is determined by the life of a powerful country devoted to the general public curiosity. within the absence of a fit country, he explains, people evidently are likely to create criminal constructions headquartered no longer on contributors yet fairly on teams. the fashionable liberal kingdom makes individualism attainable via conserving this strong force in check—and we ignore the carrying on with danger to liberal values and associations at our peril. whilst, for contemporary individualism to outlive, liberals should also recognize the profound social and mental advantages the guideline of the extended family presents and realize the loss humanity sustains in its transition to modernity.
Masterfully argued and full of wealthy historic element, Weiner’s research speaks either to fashionable liberal societies and to constructing countries riven by means of “clannism,” together with Muslim societies within the wake of the Arab Spring.
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