Dennis's figure for this third violence, the "Artillery of Jove," is echoed by Shelley in the letter to Peacock in History of a Six Weeks' Tour, where the "avalanches," "torrents," and "rocks" appear as the usurpatory
"essays" of the deity Ahrimanes.
rest on this sort of usurpatory
ventriloquism, which consists in giving voice to those in whose name one is authorized to speak." (8) The oracle effect that is produced through representational practices of speaking on behalf of others thus entails an appropriation or "usurpation" of the voices (and indeed authority) of the represented.
Not only did imposture flourish in society; the regime could also easily be perceived as counterfeit and usurpatory
. If we fail to understand this existential angst and vexing doubts in the face of blurred and denied reality, the launching of the brutal Terror in the 1930s remains inconceivable, in particular because it happened at a time when the regime seemed entirely consolidated, powerful, and monolithic, endowed with broad and (probably often) sincere support from large parts of the population.
The continuity and institutional memory inherent in permanent membership would give them the strength to resist such usurpatory
proposals (nonpermanent members have failed to do so).
It has no dominion over the "entire moral realm," it would be usurpatory
if it claimed to do so, and we would be justified in criticizing it for encroaching upon the areas to which it has no access.