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The Illegitimacy of Violence, the Violence of Legitimacy

The Illegitimacy of Violence, the Violence of Legitimacy

Coming out of the context of the debates within Occupy Wall Street as it spread across the United States, The Illegitimacy of Violence, the Violence of Legitimacy is an essay by Crimethinc that explores questions of “legitimacy” in social movements. What does it mean to be “legitimate”? What does it mean to be “illegitimate”? How are these terms related to the discourse around violence and non-violence? In exploring the topic, they conclude that the quest for “legitimacy” strengthens the state and weakens resistance movements.

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SPROUT DISTRO is an anarchist zine distro (distributor) and publisher based in the occupied territory currently known as the United States.