Anarchy Bang: Introducing Episode Three. Violence

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A hundred people listened in to episode two. Another couple hundred downloaded it and checked it out later. Last week we talked about home (and land). This week we’ll try to have an entertaining conversation about violence. Is that possible? Can we go meta enough to have a discussion about why young (and old) men think violence does much more than kick the can down the road?

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One Reply to “Anarchy Bang: Introducing Episode Three. Violence”

  1. Zhachev

    Examining violence, I make a distinguishment between it and force. I don’t think peace, comfort, and security are as essential as people make them out to be. I think violence and aggression are a natural part of life and some of the most suppressed by Civilization. What the State and Capital do in the name of giving the citizen of the industrial nation peace, comfort, and security is nothing short of genocide I see conflict and confrontation as highly productive and time-conserving. Georges Sorel wrote in Reflections on Violence that the “object of force is to impose a certain social order in which the minority governs, while violence tends to the destruction of that order.” I agree with that. It is an interesting distinction to make in regards to “non-violent” protesting, too, as to eschew violence wholesale by this definition would also mean to eschew the destruction of the social order. Violence is centrifugal, it directs away from a pole, whereas force is congealing and centripetal, it seeks to assimilate. Nature in its freest, wildest forms can be frighteningly violent. I have seen wolves tear apart and devour a lone coyote in minutes. A certain amount of violence ensures a certain amount of heterogeneity of whatever kind. Always good to shake things up a bit. And there is also the connection between violence and brutality — wildness — something everyone craves at least a little of from time to time. Finally, however, consider also the words of Laozi in the Dao De Ching: “violence has a habit of returning…even the strongest force will weaken with time, and then its violence will return, and kill it.”

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