Category Archives: The Concept of Violence

‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’: the Dialectic of Sadism

I recently saw the film “Men who Hate Women”, under its lame english title “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. I hadn’t read the book, or any reviews, beforehand, just getting a vague sense that it was a very popular … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Starbucks, and Objectivity

1 Imagine three coffee houses in Toronto. Everyone is sitting around happily when something disturbs the peace. At Starbucks 1, a militant dressed in black rushes up the window and breaks it with a stick. People are shocked, and frightened … Continue reading

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What is Violence? Part 2/2

As I said in my last post, I think the first task for defining ‘violence’ is psychological: what is the experience of violence, what is it to feel oneself to be ‘violated’ by a certain action? That’s what I’ll discuss … Continue reading

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What is Violence? Part 1/2

Media coverage of G20 protests this weekend was awash with the words ‘violence’ and ‘violent’. Protests ‘turned’ violent, police tried to ‘contain’ violence, public figures speak out ‘against’ violence. So what is violence? In particular, what do people mean when … Continue reading

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Is it Wrong to Firebomb a Bank?

The Grand Conclave of World-Masters is getting closer here in Toronto, as are the protests against them and the police operation against said protests. Expect the odd post on related subjects. One interesting event has been the recent firebombing of … Continue reading

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