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Quotation by Jean Genet
"Power may be at the end of a gun," but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
Jean Genet (1910–1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
Genet was taking issue with the notion that armed struggle is the only way to achieve revolutionary change. See also Mao Zedong's comment under "power."
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