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Single Idea 20491

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 1. Purpose of a State]

Full Idea

Max Weber observed that states possess a monopoly of legitimate violence.

Gist of Idea

States have a monopoly of legitimate violence


report of Jean-Paul Sartre (Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions [1939]) by Jonathan Wolff - An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev) 2 'State'

Book Reference

Wolff,Jonathan: 'An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev)' [OUP 2006], p.36

A Reaction

This sounds rather hair-raising, and often is, but it sounds quite good if we describe it as a denial of legitimate violence to individual citizens. Hobbes would like it, since individual violence breaches some sort of natural contract. Guns in USA.