"The state’s claim to a monopoly of regulated predation and redistribution of proceeds (i.e., taxation and state expenditure) is based on the delegitimization of other forms of predation that are constructed as robbery, piracy, fraud, warlordism, or racketeering. But historically the boundary of illicitness has shifted back and forth as bandits helped make states and states made bandits"

Willem van Schendel and Itty Abraham, “Introduction: The Making of Illicitness” in their edited volume Illicit Flows and Criminal Things: States, Borders and the Other Side of Globalization. Pg. 7. Indiana UP 2005.

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