Conform or Be Cast Out
How society not only shuns those who are different, but characterizes them as outright evil.
Everyone knows that being different is a good way to be unpopular, but what if you're so different that people think you are an actual servant of evil?
Conform or Be Cast Out is a history of humankind's tendency not only to shun nonconformists, but to label them as devils, demons, and Satan worshippers. Beginning with scapegoats and devil figures in folklore and mythology, the book moves on to look at other aspects of nonconformity such as witchcraft, the Inquisition, spiritualism and medical conditions once mistaken for lycanthropy, vampirism, and demonic possession before concluding with a discussion on aspects of contemporary culture ranging from heavy metal music to zombie movies.
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Modernity was born with the advent of liberalism, and that in turn rested on one major insight: people who are different, who disagree, can coexist and build a beautiful civilization. No need to burn heretics or cast out people based on belief systems or other arbitrary categories. Human dignity can be universal. It's remarkable to me that we would need to restate these points, but we do, which is precisely why Logan Albright's book is so essential. Conformity is not the basis of social order; rather we need tolerance, robust debate, and mutual respect. That's not a radical proposition, except that these days it is. Albright's clarion call to recommit to fundamental values strikes all the right notes. ~ Jeffrey Tucker, American Institute for Economic Research
We humans can be creatures of habit. On most decisions, mundane to monumental, we mindlessly comply with the rules of civil society without giving it a second thought. But then again, there are the troublemakers. The rule-breakers. Those pesky free thinkers impolitic enough to ask: “Why?” Logan Albright’s latest book is an unapologetic celebration of these eccentric oddballs, and all of the beautiful things that might happen when free people refuse to fall in line. Read it, and you just might unleash your inner apostate. ~ Matt Kibbe, Author of Don't Hurt People and DOn't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto
An informed discussion of the trials and tribulations of being an individual - both across history and mythology - a suitable introduction to the problems of the modern technological age. ~ Mark Stavish, Founder, Institute for Hermetic Studies