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Security and Police
Security and Police
Mark Neocleous

The history of bourgeois modernity is a history in which security occupies centre stage. This is clear from both the long tradition of bourgeois political thought and the extensive reiteration of security by contemporary politicians: from Thomas Hobbes to David Cameron, so to speak. From Hobbes we get the idea that the only solution to the insecurity of the state of nature is a contract exchanging our obedience to the Leviathan for the security it is expected to offer; the state takes centre stage as the provider of the one thing all humans are said to desire. From Cameron we get the idea, delivered in his 2015 Christmas message to the nation, that ‘if ...

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