This week on Up Close, an examination of sin and the state.
First, American law has long been concerned with guarding against corruption by those in power, but those concerns and how they play out in anti-corruption laws have evolved over the years. Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout, a former Democratic primary candidate for Governor of New York, charts this evolution in her book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff-box to Citizens United.
Then, how does an “original sin” from the past taint the very fiber of a state in the present? University of Michigan professor Fatma Muge Gocek, a Turkish muslim, argues that the Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide has led to authoritarianism in contemporary Turkey. She discusses her book, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009.
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