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Wojna dronowa jako permanentny stan wyjątkowy
War as the Permanent State of Emergency

Author(s): Mateusz Pietryka
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
Keywords: democracy; drones; state of exception; war

Summary/Abstract: In 2001 began the so-called war on terror which gave riseto numerous and so far unknown strategies and technologies. One ofthe most important of them are military drones. Initially used for reconnaissanceand looking for targets, they quickly became deadly weaponsthat change the course of war. Death in military conflicts, once inflicteddirectly by humans, today is inflicted indirectly by advanced technologies.Automated, mathematical algorithms make decisions whether anindividual should live or be eliminated in the name of public security.In this article I prove that inflicting death through military dronesis not just another war tactic but a new paradigm which may lead tothe transformation of legal and political regime of Western countries.I analyze this paradigm in the light of Carl Schmitt’s category of the“state of exception”. I characterize the new methods of controlling lawand governing population by Giorgio Agamben’s concept of “inclusiveexclusion”.

  • Issue Year: 18/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 179-194
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish