the use of power to dictate how some people may live and some must die

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

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