Tag Archives: violence

Is the United States a superpower?

That nation, it turns out, is more violent than powerful. It is rather the people that bear the power to shape change.

Singer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

The liberal question is violence or non-violence. The left question is emancipation or anti-emancipation.

The presumption of anarchism is against authority.

The deeper assumption is that claims of authority operate to disguise sheer violence.

Riley, “Sorry to Bother You.”

Why animalize humans rather than automate labor? The pleasure of domination and violence depends on a relation between living beings.

Two kinds of violence.

An outbreak of violence occurs against the structural backdrop of slow violence.

Mass shootings, government crackdowns.

What is breaking down even faster than civility is authority, for which violence has never been a workable substitute.

Pang Brothers, “Bangkok Dangerous.”

The natural, innocent purveyor of violence is banished from the realms of speech and love.

Revolutionary war.

Most “fight the system” movies cannot imagine revolution as anything other than the skilled utilization of violence.

Violence and/or authority.

Violence can signal either the absolute lack or the absolute plenitude of authority.

Shoot the messenger if it pleases you.

If you receive the message, I will be satisfied.