chapter  11
18 Pages

Mathew Abbott (2014), 'The Creature before the Law', in The Figure of This World: Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 106-22

And though the police may, in particulars, everywhere appear the same, it cannot finally be denied that their spirit is less devastating where they represent, in absolute monarchy, the power of a ruler in which legislative and executive supremacy are united, than in democracies where their existence, elevated by no such relation, bears witness to the greatest conceivable degeneration of violence.22