Violence for equality : lessons from Machiavelli

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Title: Violence for equality : lessons from Machiavelli
Authors: Baker, John
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2587
Date: Nov-2009
Abstract: Should radical egalitarians operating in contemporary capitalist democracies use political violence to achieve their aims? Purely consequentialist arguments provide too simple an answer. Machiavelli's perspective is more complex because it contains both consequentialist and non-consequentialist elements and because of its emphasis on the strictly political costs and benefits of violence. The radically egalitarian ideal of equality of condition is similarly complex but involves very different values and objectives. These generate both moral and political arguments against violence. However, the threat of counter-revolutionary violence creates a dilemma for radical egalitarians that it is difficult to resolve.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright (published version): 2009 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: EqualityViolenceMachiavelliRevolution
Subject LCSH: Political violence
Equality
Revolutions
Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527--Criticism and interpretation
DOI: 10.1080/17440570903248197
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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