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August 17, 2013

Why Violence Works

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People say that problems cannot be solved by the use of force, that violence, as the saying goes, is not the answer.
That adage appeals to our moral sensibilities. But whether or not violence is the answer depends on the question being asked. For better or worse, violence usually provides the most definitive answers to three major questions of political life: statehood, territoriality, and power. Violent struggle—war, revolution, terrorism—more than any other immediate factor, determines what nations will exist and their relative power, what territories they occupy, and which groups will exercise power within them. - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 17, 2013 4:42 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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