Ch. 7, Political Violence (204-233)
- If a state's "monopoly of violence is never perfect or complete" (207), how do we know when it's threatened or has broken down? How might knowing this help us prevent political violence?
- Do you find the presented explanations for why political violence occurs adequate (or convincing)? Explain your answer.
- Are revolutions a good thing? Why or why not? Under what circumstances, if any, could you imagine yourself participating in one?
- Which of the discussed causes of terrorism makes the most sense to you, and why?
- Connect today's chapter to your previously held understandings and opinions about terrorism. How did the chapter reinforce or contradict what you previously thought? Be specific.
- How can liberal democracies best respond to political violence? Frame your answer with respect to O'Neil's comments on page 229.
- When, if ever, is it okay to engage in political violence? Support your position.