June 2015

Obscurantism

by Limbic on June 16, 2015

Obscurantism (/ɵbˈskjʊərəntɪsm/) is the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or the full details of some matter from becoming known. There are two common historical and intellectual denotations to Obscurantism: (1) deliberately restricting knowledge—opposition to the spread of knowledge, a policy of withholding knowledge from the public; and, (2) deliberate obscurity—an abstruse style (as in literature and art) characterized by deliberate vagueness.[1][2] The name comes from French: obscurantisme, from the Latin obscurans, “darkening”.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obscurantism

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The price of of repression is violence

by Limbic on June 14, 2015

“Repression may reduce overall dissent, but cause dissent that occurs to become more violent,” demonstrated with descriptive data from across Africa (Wallsworth).

via The take-aways from four dozen papers on conflict and fragility in Africa in under 2,000 words

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