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Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism

by: Jack D. Forbes

Publisher: 7 Stories (1979)

$16.95

Staff Pick by comrade: BC

Recently republished and updated, Native American scholar Jack Forbes originally published this book in 1978. Forbes' book is a critique of the civilized way of life, and its corresponding mindset. Forbes theory is that civilized people have a mental illness, which he calls wetikoism (roughly translated as cannibalism), that causes them to have little to no respect for other humans and the rest of the natural world. The critique draws heavily on the history of the European colonization of the Americas, and the devastation that the colonizers wrought upon its original human inhabitants through murder, forced labor (Forbes objects to the use of the term slavery, being based on the name of the Slavic peoples), intentional spread of disease, and outright terrorism.