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The real difference is the Nordic nations’ ori- entation to the partnership side of the partner- ship/domination continuum. And a key com- ponent of the partnership social configuration is that the status of women—and with this, of caring, caregiving, and other activities stereo- typically considered feminine—is higher. domination: a politics of partnership that en- compasses both the public and private spheres. This integrated partnership political agenda focuses on four cornerstones: • Partnership gender relations • Partnership childhood relations • Partnership economics BUILDING FOUNDATIONS FOR A PARTNERSHIP WORLD • Language and narratives that support partnership The domination of one half of humanity by the Re-examining modern history from this new other is a model for in-group versus out-group perspective, we see that underneath its seem- ingly random events lies a powerful movement thinking—be it white people over Black people in the U.S., Shias over Sunnis (or vice versa) towards a partnership social organization, countered by strong domination resistance. All in the Middle East, or top-down economic the modern progressive movements challenged injustice. This is why a top priority for those pushing us back to the “good traditions of domination—from old days” when all women and the eighteenth- and nineteenth- most men “knew their place” century rights of man, anti-slav- is getting women back into ery, anti-monarchist, economic their “traditional” place in a justice, pacifist, and feminist male-dominated, punitive movements to the twentieth-and family where children learn twenty-first century anti-colo- that it is painful to question nialist, anti-war, participatory orders, no matter how brutal democracy, women’s rights, and or unjust. It is why the most environmental movements— repressive modern regimes— We need to start constructing a partnership the latter challenging “man’s economics that recognizes the economic from Hitler’s Germany and conquest of nature.” contribution of caring and caregiving. Stalin’s Soviet Union to Kho- However, the emphasis was meini’s Iran and the Taliban on dismantling the top of the of Afghanistan—have sprung domination pyramid: economic and political up where family and gender relations based on relations in the so-called public sphere. Far domination and submission are firmly in place, less attention was paid to the so-called private and why, once in power, these regimes enacted sphere—relations between the female and male policies to reinstate a punitive father in com- halves of humanity and between parents and plete control, as we starkly see in so-called children—which were generally seen as sec- religious fundamentalism worldwide. ondary “women’s issues” and “children’s issues.” If people experience relations of domination As a result, we lack solid foundations for a truly and submission in their early years, they often democratic, equitable, and peaceful society. believe that our only alternatives are dominat- Today we are on the threshold of a crucial ing or being dominated. So just as children second stage in the challenge to traditions of often repress their rage toward abusive parents 44 W W W .T I K K U N . O R G WINTER 2019