Drawing on case studies of organized violenceranging from territorial wars and colonial conquests to non-state variants such as organized crimethis record offers a general theory to account for the use of force in both the state and civil sectors of society. Challenging the popular views that the dominant forms of violence are due to failings of human nature, this volume suggests that the laws and institutions favoring an approach to property rights that encourage rent seeking are responsible. Addressing issues such as genocide and the gap between the rich and poor, this record proposes policies to dismantle the incentives that nurture the resort to violence by redistributing power to the individual.
About the author
Fred Harrison isÊthe research director of Land Research Trust, a former investigative journalist, andÊa formerÊconsultant to a number of Russian academic and political bodies, including the Duma (parliament). He is the author of several books, including Boom Bust, The Corruption of Economics, The Predator Culture, Ricardo's Law, and The Silver Bullet.
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