Necropolitics is the use of economic and political power to dictate whether human beings live or die.
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- The ultimate expression of sovereignty resides, to a large degree, in the power and the capacity to dictate who may live and who must die.
- Achille Mbembe, "Necropolitics," as translated by Libby Meintjes, Public Culture, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 2003, pp. 11-40