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Monopoly of force and the personalistic norm

The essence of the state is its legal monopoly of force. But force is subhuman; in words I quote incessantly, Simone Weil defined it as “that which turns a person into a thing — either corpse or slave.” It may sometimes be a necessary evil, in self-defense or defense of the innocent, but nobody can have by right what the state claims: an exclusive privilege of using it. –Joe Sobran

Against the power of the State, the proper response to a person is love.  See Karol Wojtyła’s “personalistic norm” in his Love and Responsibility, Ignatius Press, 1993, page 41.