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Critique of Violence by Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence” is a seminal text that in just a few steps dismantles the very idea that any form of legitimate violence can exist, or that means can be separated from ends so that a just end can make a wrong means just. 

For that alone, this would be a great text, and the theoretical foundation of consistent and absolute nonviolence. 

Join moderator Simona Ferlini as part of our ongoing reading groups and discussions on the important thinkers in the work of David Graeber.

An English version of Benjamin’s essay is available here: https://criticaltheoryconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Benjamin-Critique-of-Violence-1.pdf

Reference David Graeber, “There Never Was a West” https://davidgraeber.org/articles/there-never-was-a-west-or-democracy-emerges-from-the-spaces-in-between/

Video of the previous group is here

First reading group

Secound reading group