Mark Beeson

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Many Australians are understandably appalled by the brutal and pointless executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The death penalty looks anachronistic and ineffective at the best of times, but to kill two people who had clearly made the most of their long periods of incarceration to transform themselves and make amends for their actions looks gratuitous and cruel.

Consequently, Indonesia’s actions raise more general questions about the powers we give to states — or, more accurately, to those who control the coercive apparatus of the state at any particular moment. As German sociologist Max Weber pointed out, one of the key features of an effective state is that it has a monopoly over the legitimate use of violence.…  Seguir leyendo »