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American Sniper, Part II

By guest author Ross Caputi. This is the second in a series discussing the implications of the new film, American Sniper.   It is not my intention to accuse Chris Kyle of committing war crimes as an individual, or to … Continue reading

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The first casualty of the last war, and the next war, and the next

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Aeschylus, an Ancient Greek writer of theatrical plays. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Greek writer and poet Aeschylus (525–456 BCE—a very long time ago!) proclaimed that “Truth is the first … Continue reading

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Dehumanizing or demonizing the other (Moral disengagement, part 7)

Dehumanizing or demonizing the other is a particularly common form of moral disengagement, especially during wartime or other types of conflict. Another moral disengagement mechanism described by psychologist Albert Bandura, it refers to portraying your enemy as less than human, as … Continue reading

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Displacement of responsibility (Moral disengagement, part 5)

The fourth mechanism of moral disengagement described by Albert Bandura is displacement or diffusion of responsibility. Displacement of responsibility refers to claims that, for example, you are not being immoral when committing an atrocity while “just following orders.” Such claims … Continue reading

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