Monday, 7 March 2016
Thought 149: Legitimate Violence – A Contradiction in Terms
I think it was the German sociologist Max Weber, one of the founders of the discipline along with Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx, who popularised the specious notion that the State, in point-of-fact sociological reality, has a monopoly on legitimate violence.
The reason this notion is specious is that it is the philosophical equivalent of saying the circle is square or that rape is consensual.
Violence is never legitimate because violence means nothing more or nothing less than the immoral, i.e. illegitimate, initiation of the use of force, force itself being moral, especially as self-defence against violence.
The monopoly on legitimate violence fallacy is typical of statist double-think where you consider yourself moral while making allowance for State immorality at the same time.