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By Colin Woodard

An illuminating heritage of North America's 11 rival cultural areas that explodes the crimson state-blue kingdom fable.

North the United States was once settled via individuals with specific non secular, political, and ethnographic features, growing neighborhood cultures which were at odds with each other ever due to the fact that. next immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" tradition, yet quite into one of many 11 particular local ones that unfold over the continent each one staking out together specific territory.

In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a trip during the background of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances among its part countries, which agree to neither kingdom nor foreign limitations. He illustrates and explains why "American" values range sharply from one zone to a different. Woodard unearths how intranational transformations have performed a pivotal function at each aspect within the continent's background, from the yankee Revolution and the Civil warfare to the tumultuous sixties and the "blue county/red county" maps of contemporary presidential elections. American Nations is a innovative and revelatory tackle America's myriad identities and the way the conflicts among them have formed our previous and are molding our future.

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It is natural and “animal” to be fair, good, compassionate, empathic, and moral (Bekoff, 2010, 2011, 2013a, b; see also Bekoff and Pierce, 2009; de Waal, 2009; Keltner, 2009; Corning, 2011) and optimistic (Sharot, 2011). Academics, advocacy, and activism go hand in hand. It is impossible to be neutral on issues of animal or environmental protection. Many scientists like to think science is objective and that they don’t have an agenda and that they have no obligation to interact with non-researchers, but this is rarely the case (Bekoff, 2010).

Who lives, who dies, and why? 1 Speciesist and non-speciesist categorization of animals (after Bekoff, 1998a). On the left a speciesist representation of eight species (chosen as examples). A linear hierarchy suggests, for example, that humans are “higher than” gorillas and chimpanzees and that monkeys are “higher than” dogs and cats. On the right a non-speciesist representation of four individuals in each of the same eight species. ” Individuals from different species may be “equivalent” with respect to various traits.

Specious speciesism undermines our collective efforts to make the world a better place for all beings and undermines a social movement concerned with social justice for all beings, human and non-human alike. Part of the strategy for rewilding our hearts (Bekoff, 2013b) will be to get out of this misleading, false, and destructive mindset and get rid of speciesism once and for all. It is that misleading and harmful. 2 The rights of sentient beings Moving beyond old and new speciesism Joan Dunayer The “state of the art” egg factory comprised four windowless warehouses imprisoning a total of half a million hens.

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