In the previous chapters I regularly postponed the question whether it is legitimate to promote justice through the use of violence. Instead Chapter Six explored the issue of what makes violence wrong, Chapter Seven asked whether an injustice is a type of violence, and Chapter Eight suggested how a theory of violence could facilitate our understanding of what makes an injustice both bad and wrong. But a book on violence and social justice would be incomplete without an analysis of the justifications of violence. Therefore the aim of this chapter is to address the question of whether the use of violence, notwithstanding its badness and prima facie wrongness, ought to be employed for the sake of promoting the goodness and rightness of justice.
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