On how horrors and genocides require the dehumanization of a group of people

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“ It is always comforting to imagine that those who commit atrocities against fellow human beings are sociopaths or evil. But that does not explain the great horrors of human history, from fascism to colonialism. Inhumanity is only made possible by stripping a group of its humanity. You only feel empathy, after all, for those you feel are human beings like you. That’s how human beings who in other contexts feel compassion and love and warmth can become capable of the most unspeakable horrors ”

Owen Jones, ‘Let’s answer Chechen brutality with a global uprising against homophobia’, The Guardian

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