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By Paul Dumouchel,Mary Baker

According to political idea, the first functionality of the trendy country is to guard its citizens—both from one another and from exterior enemies. but it's the states that primarily dedicate significant kinds of violence, equivalent to genocides, ethnic cleansings, and large-scale massacres, opposed to their very own voters. during this e-book Paul Dumouchel argues that this paradoxical reversal of the state’s fundamental functionality into violence opposed to its personal contributors isn't really an insignificant coincidence yet an ever-present probability that's inscribed within the constitution of the fashionable kingdom. glossy states want enemies to exist and to persist, now not simply because they're basically evil yet simply because sleek politics constitutes a violent technique of maintaining us opposed to our personal violence. in the event that they cannot—if we cannot—find enemies open air the kingdom, they are going to locate them inside of. besides the fact that, this establishment is this present day coming to an finish, now not within the experience that states are disappearing, yet within the feel that they're more and more failing to guard us from our personal violence. this is why the violent sacrifices that they ask from us, in wars or even in occasions of peace, have now develop into barren.

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