Georg Elwert
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Intervention in markets of violence

Markets of violence generally originate in conflicts of a non-economic nature. Markets of violence are understood as economic areas dominated by civil wars, warlords or robbery, in which a self-perpetuating system emerges and links non-violent commodity markets with the violent acquisition of goods. The violation of the legitimate monopoly of violence is the most common of all triggers for civil war. Economic systems based on the use and generation of violence become established, systems which repeatedly erect smokescreens of political or religious legitimisation. The continuation of the violence is based on economic motives or unconscious economic behaviour. The general practice of state policy towards violence fields organised by markets of violence is that of non-perception masked by humanitarian intervention. The long-term basic patterns of the markets of violence are based on rational, comprehensible economic behaviour.

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