Security: Against What? For What? With What?

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1983 (58):158-168 (1983)
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Abstract

Security police, state security services, security measures, security politics…a dreadful semantic chain. Everything stubbornly conservative, repressive, antithetical to freedom is expressed in the concept of security. The meaning always implies security for an established order against whatever seems to threaten, disturb or endanger it from without or from within. One can secure, reassure, insure or protect Movements, associations and networks within which a part of the population unites spontaneously can be channeled, controlled or combatted. Peace, order and security are implied. Negativity is to be negated in the name of the “actually existing.” The striving for security is in fact opposed to the striving of all living beings toward self development

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