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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


The Condition of the Working Class in England

Friedrich Engels




"When one individual inflicts bodily injury upon another such that death results, we call the deed manslaughter; when the assailant knew in advance that the injury would be fatal, we call his deed murder. But when society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; when it deprives thousands of the necessaries of life, places them under conditions in which they cannot live – forces them, through the strong arm of the law, to remain in such conditions until that death ensues which is the inevitable consequence – knows that these thousands of victims must perish, and yet permits these conditions to remain, its deed is m̵u̵r̵d̵e̵r̵." [justice] - Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845)

There, fixed that for you. Murder can't be committed by the state nor by respectable social systems. To be respectful, you ought believe murder is only the capacity of an individual without proper authority.