The purpose that I gave at the beginning of this book was to develop a system of moral calculus as simple as practical to clarify how is acceptable to kill, how many people can be killed and so on. […]

Are we really in a situation where violence is possible and seems necessary: is it? […]

Violence is inevitably human. It is something that we all use. Even a body, just to survive, had to be violent. There is no way out. […]


William T Vollmann

Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means, 2003

McSweeney’s Books, 2003