Two Kinds of Non-Violence: Occupy Oakland, Khader Adnan and the Liberal Non-Violence Discourse

Posted on February 19, 2012

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Violence has always been a useful term for governments and their allied establishment figures in media and punditry. Key to that utility is a very specialised use of the term as a descriptor for actions that don’t originate with the establishment or authorities. Police, armies, presidents and city administrators do not engage in violence. They use strategies, protocols, plans of action, deployments, operations and strikes. The people that are injured and die in those acts are not actively killed by violence. Rather, they suffer only in the passive voice…

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