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Politics & Government
  • Author:
    Douglas Porpora
  • ISBN:
    0877229236
  • ISBN13:
    978-0877229230
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  • Publisher:
    Temple University Press (February 24, 1992)
  • Pages:
    240 pages
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    Politics & Government
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History repeats itself, but it never repeats itself exactly," observes Douglas Porpora in this powerful indictment of . intervention in Central America.

intervention in Central America. History repeats itself, but it never repeats itself exactly," observes Douglas Porpora in this powerful indictment of .

5 Has the United States Become a Party to Genocide? To a Holocaust-like Event? .

5 Has the United States Become a Party to Genocide? To a Holocaust-like Event? (pp. 119-146). Why for eight years did the people of the United States allow the Reagan administration to pursue what were virtually genocidal policies in Central America? It was not because the American people by and large supported these policies; quite clearly, they did not. Public opinion polls showed over and over again that the overwhelming majority of the American people disapproved of their government’s involvement in Central America.

How Holocausts Happen is a book by Douglas V. Porpora that deals with the United States involvement in Central America in regards to their participation in the genocidal policies of Nicaraguan forces and the reaction of the gener. Porpora that deals with the United States involvement in Central America in regards to their participation in the genocidal policies of Nicaraguan forces and the reaction of the general public to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. Douglas V. Porpora is chair of the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology at Drexel University.

How Holocausts Happen is at once a scholarly examination of the nature of genocide and a stinging indictment of. . intervention in Central America

How Holocausts Happen is at once a scholarly examination of the nature of genocide and a stinging indictment of American society. Comparing the general public’s reaction to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany with American public opinion of . participation in the genocidal policies of Nicaraguan y forces, and the governments of Guatemala and El Salvador among others, Porpora demonstrates that moral indifference to the suffering of others was the common response.

Porpora, Douglas V. Publication date. Sociology, Social Studies, General, Politics, Current Events, Sociology, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Atrocities, Apathy, International relations, Political science, Völkermord, Atrocities Central America History 20th century, Central America Foreign relations United States, Central America Politics and government 1979-, United States Foreign relations 1945- Moral and ethical aspects, United States Foreign relations 1945-1989 Moral and ethical aspects, United States Foreign relations.

Douglas V. Porpora is Associate Professor of Sociology at Drexel University.

Comparing the general public’s reaction to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany with American public opinion of .

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Douglas Porpora's How Holocausts Happen is a simple, short, and invaluable historical lesson. This very acute work tells two tales, that of the Holocaust, and of the imperialism of the United States in Central America. Beginning with a pithy description of the social and political conditions of the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany, the book moves on to a sociological discussion of Hannah Arendt's theory of the "banality of evil" and then into a longer history of European and (mostly) US activity in Central America. Although some might disagree with the author's Holocaust interpretation it is well reasoned and documented.

Douglas Porpora is professor at Drexel University and has published widely on social theory. How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America. Philadelphia: Temple University. Among his books are "The Concept of Social Structure" (Greenwood 1987), "How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America" (Temple 1992) and "Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life" (Oxford 2001). Douglas Porpora (2013) How Many Thoughts Are There? Or Why We Likely Have No Tegmark Duplicates 1010^115 meters Away. Philosophical Studies 163:133–149.

A footnote alerted me to the existence of Douglas Porpora’s How Holocausts Happens: The United States in Central America, which I will be rerereading for years. Porpora demonstrates how easy it is for citizens to shirk responsibility for horrendous acts enacted by their government and asks whether the United States became a party to a genocide-like event in Central America (the answer is yes). Do you love Year in Reading and the amazing books and arts content that The Millions produces year round? We are asking readers for support to ensure that The Millions can stay vibrant for years to come.

Comparing the general public's reaction to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany with American public opinion of US participation in the genocidal policies of Nicaraguan counter-revolutionary forces, this title demonstrates that moral indifference to the suffering of others was the common response.

Gholbimand
Interesting and thought provoking read. I'd put it on a "must read" list for many friends. This is so good I'd elect it as a text for teaching. (2008)
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I am returning to this review with an update. With the developing economic, political, and religious climate in this country (USA) I think this book has become and even more necessary read for nearly everyone. -- Summer 2011
Nuadazius
This book was actually recommended to me by the author's mother. When I saw the subtitle, "The United States in Central America" I almost didn't take the book from the library because I don't read books dealing with exposing government wrongdoing. However, due to the pressing of the author's Mom, I checked it out.

I am very glad I did!

Having spent most of my summers in Israel the past 12 years, I have been around much discussion about the Jewish Holocaust but have always been left with many unanswered questions. I am now only on page 39 of this book and already the author has connected many dots and has given me ways to look at the Holocaust that I consider highly important.

I also appreciate that the book is well written and that the author has a grasp of how to use the English language.

Don't know if I will eventually put the book down when I get into the section on America's involvement in Central America. However, if thinking people would simply read to page 39, they would not be disappointed. And, they would be enlightened about a very important subject.
Iriar
Douglas Porpora's How Holocausts Happen is a simple, short, and invaluable historical lesson. Beginning with a pithy description of the social and political conditions of the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany, the book moves on to a sociological discussion of Hannah Arendt's theory of the "banality of evil" and then into a longer history of European and (mostly) US activity in Central America. The violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua in the 1970's and 1980's is discussed at longer length. A central lesson is that people can easily be indifferent to the use of oppressive and murderous violence by their own governments.

While some might find the use of the Nazi parallel to US policies cliched or overwrought, the fact is that the Third Reich in Germany is an essential benchmark for understanding abuse of power by governments and the failure of people to stop such abuses, simply because most people are aware of the general history of the Nazi episode. Countless other historical parallels could be drawn to horrendous violence and historical crimes which communities allowed themselves to commit, but it is difficult to think of one that would not be hopelessly arcane and mysterious to most readers. The Nazi parallel is therefore good for shaking naivety out of people, and Porpora uses it intelligently to describe the indifferent kind of citizenship in a society that power often hopes to exploit, but also the braver kind of citizenship of people who will not be indifferent to crimes on the historical scale.
Jake
This very acute work tells two tales, that of the Holocaust, and of the imperialism of the United States in Central America. Although some might disagree with the author's Holocaust interpretation it is well reasoned and documented. But his basic point is unsettling: We say 'never again' to the Holocaust, yet we barely register what has happened in Guatemala, El Salvador in the past generation. If we wonder at the reason Germans were passive during the era of Hitler, we should find an example in our own behavior.