From drone warfare in theMiddle East to digital spying by the National Security Agency, the USgovernment has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to awesomeeffect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at theirfingertips? Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean thatmore people than ever before have access to potentially dangeroustechnologies--from drones to computer networks and biological agents--that couldbe used to attack states and private citizens alike.
In The Future ofViolence, law and security experts Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blumdetail the myriad possibilities, challenges, and enormous risks present in themodern world and argue that if our national governments can no longeradequately protect us from harm, they will lose their legitimacy. Consequently,governments, companies, and citizens must rethink their security efforts toprotect lives and liberty. In this brave new world where many little brothersare as menacing as any Big Brother, safeguarding our liberty and privacy mayrequire strong domestic and international surveillance and regulatory controls.Maintaining security in this world where anyone can attack anyone requires aglobal perspective, with more multinational forces and greater action toprotect (and protect against) weaker states who do not yet have the capabilityto police their own people. Drawing on political thinkers from Thomas Hobbes tothe Founders and beyond, Wittes and Blum show that, despite recentprotestations to the contrary, security and liberty are mutually supportive,and we must embrace one to ensure the other.
The Future of Violence is at once an introduction to our emergingworld--one in which students can print guns with 3-D printers and scientists'manipulations of viruses can be recreated and unleashed by ordinary people--andan authoritative blueprint for how government must adapt in order to surviveand protect us.