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Luigi Marco Bassani

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Marco Bassani is professor of history of political theory at the University of Milan.

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JLS: Taxation and Forced Labor—The Two Bodies of the Citizen in Modern Political Theology

08/17/2023Power & Market

Tax imposition rendered political exploitation less painful, but at the same time, it inaugurated an expansion of dominion over individuals and society unparalleled in history.

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The Rise of the Sovereign State

The first myth one has to debunk: that the state is merely a natural and organic outgrowth of political power, as old as the history of mankind or of organized society.

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The Problem of Security: Historicity of the State and "European Realism"

Political Theory

All societies require some sort of coercion to maintain order. But "the state" is a very specific and modern type of government institution which claims it can engage in criminal types of coercion with impunity. 

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Chapter 1. The Problem of Security; Historicity of the State and "European Realism"

War and Foreign Policy

06/06/2019Mises Media
From The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production , edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
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Liberty, State, and Union

BiographiesU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Bassani shows that Jefferson was a special kind of libertarian. He did not believe in government, but for one or two areas. Nor did he believe in the "union" much less the nation stat e. He was a radical individualist who had no use for the political collective.
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