In this original and provocative new book, Stuart Price identifies a practice that lies at the core of the western security regimethe worst-case scenario. This consists of the projection of a significant material threat, used to bolster the security agenda of the neoliberal state. This in turn has altered the conduct of military and police operations, which are increasingly directed against any substantial expression of dissent. Using a wide range of official sources and case studies, from 9/11 to the Stockwell shooting, Price analyses the paramilitary, political, economic and cultural manoeuvres of the security regime as it attempts to reproduce a command structure within civil society. In doing so, he demonstrates that, unlike the openly totalitarian states of the past, the ostentatious display of coercive authority is characterised as a temporary measure. It is, he argues, a process that must be recognised and resisted.
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