The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom

The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom

Mark S. Weiner


Winner of the Grawemeyer Award for ideas bettering international Order

A full of life, wide-ranging meditation on human improvement that provides marvelous classes for the way forward for glossy individualism, The Rule of the Clan examines the constitutional ideas and cultural associations of kin-based societies, from medieval Iceland to trendy Pakistan.

Mark S. Weiner, a professional in constitutional legislations and criminal background, exhibits us that real person freedom depends upon the life of a powerful country devoted to the general public curiosity. within the absence of a fit kingdom, he explains, people evidently are inclined to create felony buildings situated now not on members yet relatively on teams. the fashionable liberal country makes individualism attainable by means of retaining this robust force in check―and we forget about the ongoing probability to liberal values and associations at our peril. whilst, for contemporary individualism to outlive, liberals also needs to recognize the profound social and mental merits the rule of thumb of the extended family offers and realize the loss humanity sustains in its transition to modernity.

Masterfully argued and full of wealthy old element, Weiner's research speaks either to trendy liberal societies and to constructing international locations riven by way of "clannism," together with Muslim societies within the wake of the Arab Spring.

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