17.6.14

POST-MODERN ILLITERACY.

Republican Congressional hopeful David Brat correctly characterized the government as that institution that has a monopoly on violence, and the Perpetually Aggrieved went off.  At Forbes, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry located the origin of the phrase with Max Weber.  (I first heard it from Robert Lampman, whose Great Society credentials are impeccable).  Apparently nobody in the current cohort of Big Name Commentators ever heard it.

That's unfortunate.  When the monopoly breaks down, the struggle to secure it is generally more like what's going on in much of the Moslem world these days than it is like West Side Story.

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