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Terrorism in the Age of the Market State

MIN READJun 19, 2016 | 13:00 GMT

The Orlando attacks were not isolated, but an attack on our era's constitutional order.

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Over the centuries, the nature of terrorism morphs in part because of advances in technology, from knives and pitchforks to weapons of mass destruction. But more profoundly, the nature of terrorism flexes to the structure of each new constitutional order. And so it has come to pass in Orlando. As many commentators have remarked, the choice of a gay bar as the target represented an attack on the kind of individual liberty that is so prized in the newly emerging market state....

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