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Introductory Remarks In this paper I will defend the use of aggressive tactics against large, multi- national corporations that routinely engage in human rights abuses. It is my contention that, while only some forms of violence are permissible, and that these are only rarely permissible, the use of violence against certain multi-national corporations is a paradigm case of just violence.
Once we recognize that multi-national corporations function at least in a wide array of cases as colonial powers—indeed, that the connection between colonialism and corporate interests is as much a part of the history of colonialism as anything else—the case against violence becomes much harder to sustain.
Aggressive action against multi-national corporations, I will argue, is equivalent certain provisos notwithstanding to violence against an oppressive colonial regime. Some Preliminary Definitions Terrorism, it is commonly recognized, is the use of violence by some sub- or non- national group in an effort to achieve a particular political end or ends.
In this paper, I will defend the view that terrorist action against multi-national corporations is, at least in some cases, morally permissible. One primary difficulty in providing moral analysis of terrorist activity lies in the difficulty of determining the conditions if any under which violence is justified.
Part of the problem with assessing the possible legitimacy of violence lies in the difficulty of 1 providing a precise definition of it. The scope of the term is open to debate on several fronts. This can easily be seen as soon as we begin to examine some oft-cited definitions. One such definition is that of the World Health Organization.
Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation. This definition would thus exclude violence against buildings, cars, private property, and so on.
From the point of view of health, this is a perfectly plausible definition. After all, in defining violence, the WHO is interested in violence as it relates to things that can be healthy or unhealthy; tables, chairs, and private property are thus excluded from the definition just as a matter of pragmatics.
But is this plausible? Clearly, some of our aggressive activities, when directed toward inanimate objects, are not to be felicitously construed as violence.
If, in walking down the street, I kick a stone in order to amuse myself, I have not engaged in violence. That is, if we had to fit every possible action into one category or another, this one would fall into the non-violent category. On the other hand, much of our inanimate- directed activity can be brutally violent.
If we exclude from action all violence directed toward objects rather than agentswe will find ourselves claiming that blowing up buildings in terrorist acts is not violent simply because perhaps contingently no one was hurt in the destruction. A second, more permissive definition runs as follows: This 2 definition effectively excludes some non-living things and plausibly so.
Kicking a stone down a stretch of road is thus not a violent act.
It also excludes certain actions that might be troublesome for more inclusive definitions. If I own that same building, or I have been hired to demolish the building, my destruction of that building is not violent or at least is less plausibly so.
With a conception of violence as including some actions against non-living things e.
Consider the definition offered by the US State Department: Terrorism is premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.
Sterba correctly recognizes that a terrorist attack need not involve any actual physical injury to a person to still be a terrorist attack. A terrorist attack is indeed one that involves violence or, as Sterba recognizes, the threat of violence.
Sterba also recognizes again correctly that the target of a terrorist attack need not be a non-combatant. The implication of this, of course, is that any act or threat of violence insofar as it is aimed at some political objective, becomes a terrorist action. The problem with this, I think, is clear.
This is necessary for a terrorist action, but it is not sufficient. The attack must also be, in some sense, unjustified. It is this normative conception of terrorism that leads most Americans to refuse to call things like the Boston Tea Party, or the American Revolution, terrorist actions.
Interestingly enough, this was an attack on the property of perhaps the largest colonial power of the 19th- century: That is, at least until British Parliament insisted that the company was not in the interest of itself, but in the interest of the Crown, with a series of official Acts, beginning with the East India Company Act of Oxford University Press, It is despite this normative use because I will defend terrorism, and hence push against the semantic grain of the term.
It is due to the normative dimension of the term in so far as I find it unfortunate that terrorism is defensible in some cases. It would be a better world—albeit a very different one—if terror were never justified.Jennifer Morrison is leaving Once Upon a Time at the end of season six. Would you watch a seventh season without her character Emma Swan?
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Terrorists’ acts invade our consciousness through the media. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking Congress for more powers to combat against malicious drones that could threaten the US. Top intelligence officials are increasingly concerned about the use of transporting narcotics via drones by drug cartels and weaponized drones by terrorists.
those who define terrorism strictly of political bias. The apologetics of terrorism often allege that stringent, critical, definitions of terrorism beg important questions of justification, rendering terrorism unjustifiable by definition. The apologetics of terrorism however, have an obvious political agenda.
Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom. powerless to prevent terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes.
Weapons of mass. terrorism is an exception: every analytical effort to grasp its nature faces peculiar and (apparently) insurmountable difficulties. B. The Proliferation of Definitions When one tries to define terrorism, one is, in the first place, astonished by the multiplicity of definitions already proposed by philosophers.