Themed Set: Illegitimate Power

Projecting political authority without a mandate from, or the consent of, a large part of the populace is a timeless recipe for violent state confrontation. It’s practically inherent in the system.

(This sort of unaccountable power also tends to help clear away red tape that might otherwise get in the way of killing inconvenient folks.)

From ancient Rome to revolutionary France to what’s hot off the presses,

For the next few days, we’ll focus on very different executions under authoritarian states of recent vintage, putting people to death who disputed the executioner’s very legitimacy.

On this day..