“Only the sovereign authority— that is, the monarch or the state— could wage war and only against another sovereign power . War, in other words, was expelled from the internal national social field and reserved only for external conflicts between states. War was thus to be the exception and peace the norm. Conflicts within the nation were to be resolved peacefully through political interaction”

Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Hardt, Michael; Negri, Antonio