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“Never Again”

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Let us first return to that “alternative world” that Bauman mentioned: the alternative to this one of imminent dangers, of threatening risks, of the real possibility of the collapse of the democratic social order itself. At the end of the Second World War, the task of government had been to provide that very alternative: cohesion, stability, certainty and security, all the features of contemporary social arrangements that now seem missing. What elements that there were of the security sanction increasingly seemed redundant to this task. But this alternative world had not fallen into place by accident. Rather, it had been very deliberately constructed to try to ensure that risk and all its attendant anxieties and insecurities would be tamed and never again be allowed to rain down its fearful consequences in unpredictable storms.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    The exception was the UK where this figure declined from twenty-five to twenty-three per cent. This might have been due to the large numbers of British families emigrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand after the war. For example, there were around one million British migrants to Australia in 1945–1965.

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    With the exception of the US, where the ratio of marriages to divorces was 6:1 in 1945 and 4:1 in 1960.

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    In addition, these concerns were often conflated with parallel fears of communist subversion in the US, another way of undermining the morality and virtue of the state, as the McCarthy-led investigations in the early 1950s in the House [of Representatives] on Un-American Activities attempted to show.

  4. 4.

    Baxstrom v. Herold, 383 U.S. 107 (1966).

  5. 5.

    Robinson v. California, 370 US 660 (1962).

  6. 6.

    Parker v. Municipal Judge of City of Las Vegas, 427 P.2d 642 (1967), 644.

  7. 7.

    Fenster v. Leary, 20 N.Y.2d 309 (N.Y. 1967), 315.

  8. 8.

    Powell v. Texas, 392 U.S. 514 (1968).

  9. 9.

    Coates v. Cincinnati, 402 U.S. 611 (1971), 612.

  10. 10.

    Papachristou v. Jacksonville, 405 U.S. 156 (1972), 171.

  11. 11.

    Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972).

  12. 12.

    Baldwin v. New York, 399 U.S. 66 (1970).

  13. 13.

    That is, “a Clark Gable moustache, rakish trilby, drape-shape jacket, and loud garish tie” (Savage 2007, 420).

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Pratt, J. (2020). “Never Again”. In: Law, Insecurity and Risk Control. Crime Prevention and Security Management. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48872-7_2

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