I am reading Why Some Politicians are More Dangerous Than Others by James Gilligan. The book presents an interesting thesis. He shows data that correlates a rise in violent crime with periods when a Republican occupies the White House. The analysis of why this is the case is the interesting part of the book. I recommend reading this book.
I have reached an argument in his book that I think needs to be checked, however. It really will not affect his thesis one way or the other, but I don’t think his conclusions are correct. I am looking for help with this one if anyone reading this blog has ideas.
Specifically Gilligan draws a comparison between what he calls Shame Ethics with Nietzsche’s Master Morality. He says people who identify with the Shame Ethic also identify with Nietzsche’s Ubermensch, or Superman. (Pages 104-110) I don’t think this is…
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