2014-06-07

The Eternal Return of the Violence-Justice

The symbol of Justice needs to be understood in a cyclical sense. The law precedes the punishment, but also is the violence which establishes the law (Walter Benjamin, Critique of Violence, 1921). Like the chicken or the egg, violence and justice endlessly follow one another. They are inextricably related. But this idea can also be understood in a second sense. The balance also responds to a distinct cut in the continuity of the social body. The pure and the impure, the good and the evil that structure the moral order, can only be distinguished once they have been violently separated by the sacrifice.  

Image after Oswald Wirth's Tarot (1889) [pd].