Hannah Arendt: On Violence

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According to Hannah Arendt violence is instrumental which means violence is cause with help of source. Violence is neither rational nor it is legitimate and violence cannot make history or revolution. Violence causes grieving and it cause damage to the society. Further she says that, actions are irreversible and violent acts move world towards more violence.

Hannah Arendt says power belongs to groups but within group individuals don’t have power over others. Since, within group power belongs to no one yet everyone is powerful in the group. When groups become weak or not listen by anyone they feel powerless. When people see losing power they tend to substitute it with violence. Consequently, less power leads to more violence. Therefore, if in a state citizens have strong groups they will have more power and state will have less violence.

Does less violence mean peace?

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