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Violence & The Political,
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This review is from: Violence (Big Ideas) (Paperback)
We regularily express our concerns on the preponderance of violence in the world, while (sub)consciously we filter out the essence of this violence, as we go on to live our own. western, protected, lives. For that reason, violence may be used as objects of ideological manipulation. A fundamental trait in today's liberal/democrat society is the condemnation of violence, while only occasionally, if ever, we see violence as a dyad: 'subjective' and 'objective' violence. I hence think that Berthold Brecht put this dyad into perspective in saying: "what is the more violent act; robbing a bank compared to founding one?" In "Violence", Slavoj Zizek points out 'objective' violence as an important substrate, or indirectly causative element, of 'subjective' violence. For this reason alone, this book is strongly recommended.