Every Decrease in Power is an Open Invitation to Violence

“Again, we do not know where these developments will lead us, but we know, or should know, that every decrease in power is an open invitation to violence — if only because those who hold power and feel it slipping from their hands, be they the government or be they the governed, have always found it difficult to resist the temptations to substitute violence for it.”
— Hannah Arendt, ”On Violence” p. 184, in Crises of the Republic; Lying in Politics, Civil Disobedience on Violence, Thoughts on Politics, and Revolution. New York,: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972.
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