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Society and Violence
Society and Violence
Sami Khatib
Capitalist Society and Violence

According to Marxist theory, violence is an inherent characteristic of capitalist class society. If the basic socio-economic relation is a violent relation, violence is not an exception but shapes, maintains and sustains capitalist reality in its ‘normal’ functioning. Violence as a relation is the most obvious expression of the asymmetry of class antagonism. Therefore, in capitalist societies the agents of violence are not merely of individual but also of structural and institutional nature. In the ongoing history of capitalist class struggle, the violence of the state (which acts on behalf of the class of capitalist and feudal landowners) is met by the counterviolence of workers or other excluded or oppressed groups. ...

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