Christopher Williams (academic) - Ideas - Human Intelligence and Human Security - Rehabilitation - (H)abilitation


From field-work about humanitarian intervention in Afghanistan he, with Iranian occupational therapist, Farzaneh Yazdani, argues that the term 'rehabilitation' is often inappropriate. In the context of John Gray's view that western utopianism explains much international political violence, a promise of 'rehabilitation' can represent 'pre-emptive deceit' to excuse and permit creative destructionism. They prefer '(h)abilitation' – to make able.

"Without a concept of rehabilitation, 'intervention' can be an act of wanton destruction…If the rehabilitationist myth is not questioned, our political leaders might become like omnipotent surgeons who will risk any operation on the basis that the rehabilitation therapists can clear up any resultant harm."

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