7.2 Types of Ungoverned Power
Some types of ungoverned power are used by individuals and others by States: for self-protection, pragmatism, or to gain advantage.
self-reliance can provide some degree of isolation from governance
sensible precautions and careful judgement can reduce some economic risks
individuals can use weapons or build defences against attack
excessive use of force, including torture, turns people against the authorities
they sidestep governance, undermining it, but countermeasures are possible
if legal powers cannot contain violence, there is a risk of civil war
countries have armed forces and form alliances to protect themselves
small numbers of individuals try to frighten the majority into accepting political change
The next segment analyses ways in which ungoverned power, including military force, is used against other countries.