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  • Definitions

    Posted by Joseph Fouche on April 12th, 2010 (All posts by )

    government: an institution which prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself.

    Ibn Khaldun


    4 Responses to “Definitions”

    1. tehag Says:

      Nice quote. Works withou the “in,” too:

      Government: an institution that prevents justice other than that it inflicts itself.

    2. Tatyana Says:

      Lenin’s is better:
      “State [government] is an apparatus that functions by violence [suppression]”

      (from the article State and Revolution)

    3. Shannon Love Says:

      I’d say that is a best case scenario.

      In reality, we tend to get a lot government injustice combined with an inability to prevent private injustices. See Detroit.

    4. Nicholas Says:

      Or more succinctly:

      government: an institution which monopolises injustice.