Book Review: The Pol Pot Regime

Friday, February 25, 2011 12:38 PM By Stephen J Christophers

I finished reading, 'The Pol Pot Regime... by Ben Kiernan,' last night. A stark and detailed account of genocide in Kampuchea (Cambodia) it was; but also more, a roots-up perspective of regional politics, social and cultural change, social dysfunctions: where Pol-potism drove an attenuated rift between what it means to be human and that resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine. In any case, the scenario IS China at it's worst; the spiteful child mentality; the frailties of human incompetencies; extreme bureaucracy; favouritism; strict socialist ideals that exploit and leverage fear... I feel like I know South East Asia well now, and understand China a little more. It's also a stark reminder that, in any society, however mundane, we boil towards a similar set of social handicaps through the progression of time, unless mindful.

Music for inspiration::DEAD KENNEDYS: Holiday in Cambodia::

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