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On Using Force

March 24, 2011

REGARDING THE TENDENCY to try and bomb all of the world’s problems away, a dear friend sends this quote along:

Following Pascal, let’s say: we have always already found the means of giving justice to force, but we aren’t close to finding the way to give force to justice. The very project doesn’t make sense. A force is a force. It can be reasonable to make use of it. But it is irrational to want to render it reasonable. [Ranciere,
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 90-91.]

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 28, 2011 8:35 PM

    That’s a good one.

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