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The Value of Violence

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This provocative thesis calls violence the driving force not just of war, but of politics and even social stability.

Though violence is commonly deplored, political scientist Ginsberg argues that in many ways it is indispensable, unavoidable, and valuable.

Ginsberg sees violence manifested in society in many ways. "Law-preserving violence" (using Walter Benjamin's phrase) is
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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In a 1993 interview, after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela was asked if he regretted taking up arms against the apartheid regime. The African National Congress, Mandela replied, was committed “to building a nation through peaceful, non-violent, and disciplined struggle”. But it was “forced to resort to arms by the regime, and the lesson of history is that for the masses of the people, the methods of political action which they use are determined by t
Mr. Ginsberg's book, because of its title, may be off-putting to many readers, however if you can look beyond the title you will discover 'The Value of Violence' is NOT a glorification of violence and how useful it is on a practical level. Rather, 'The Value of Violence' is deeply unhappy about the fact that violence does solve many problems. The Author repeats the sentiment over and over again--in almost the same words. This part of the book can be a little tedious. What, in effect, 'The Value ...more
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