The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

This post contains links to each part of the book called The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War, the entirety of which has previously been published to this website in segments. The book is an attempt to think about politics and history from a perspective of difference rather than identity. This resulted in a number of paradoxes, which we view as irresolvable, and necessarily so. We like to think of the concept of civil war as a kind of engine or motor that can be applied at the macro or micro level. We believe it is just as useful for thinking about international politics as it is for interpersonal conflict. It is, at once, a “real” legal and political fact, as well as an outlook and a sensitivity to the ways in which we encounter difference in the world. We remain in eternal debt to Nicole Loraux, who, in contradistinction with Tiqqun in Introduction to Civil War, and Agamben in Stasis (still the two most common reference points for a political theory of civil war), consistently maintains the unstable macro/micro and legal/ethical play of civil war without attempting to resolve one in the other. We have a limited amount of physical copies we had printed to sell at cost for $5. The book is available for purchase here. The whole book is also available to download as a PDF for free. You can download an imposed copy to print and bootleg. Enjoy —Sasha Durakov

Introduction and Glossary

Part I: Civil War, Section i

Part I: Civil War, Section ii

Part I: Civil War, Section iii

Part II: Management, Homonoia

Part II: Management, Nomos

Part II: Management, Oikonomia

Part III: Civil War Revisited

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Addendum—Political Paradigms Diagram