The Utopia of Rules

David Graeber’s new book The Utopia of Rules has the following snippet on organised violence which I feel can be taken as a general view of violence:

“…violence….insofar as it is a form of communication, is one that radically strips down, simplifies, and ultimately prevents communication; insofar as it is a form of action, it is really a form of anti-action, because it’s ultimate purpose is to prevent others from being able to act(either to act in certain ways, or, if one kills them, to ever act in any way ever again.” P163

This succinct appraisal of violence offers a valuable contribution to understanding male violence towards others, whether other males or females for that matter. See Rebecca Solnit’s “Men Explain Things to Me“.

Time perhaps to reread Slavoj Žižek’s Violence