We live in a society which values individual freedoms, but we come from a place which valued kinship ties above all else. Author Mark S. Weiner has studied ancient and modern-day clan societies. He’s observed that group responsibility, rather than individual responsibility, is the rule of law. In his new book The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom, he probes whether a lack of a strong central government inhibits personal freedoms–or insures it.
He speaks with ABA Journal podcast editor Lee Rawles about what the political and social history of older clan societies in Europe can forecast about modern clan societies in the Middle East and North Africa.
Reviews and related articles:
The Star-Ledger: “Rule of the clan a challenge to progress in the Middle East, North Africa”
Publisher’s Weekly: “The Rule of the Clan”
Legal History Blog: “Weiner’s ‘Rule of the Clan’”
Kirkus Reviews: “The Rule of the Clan”
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