in visiting upon humanity the very death and destruction ...

learned

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Nor can we ignore the history of the state << -- in visiting upon humanity the very death and destruction -- >> that its defenders insist upon as a rationale for political power.

That was actually in the beginning of a new paragraph so maybe no context needed.

Source: What Is Anarchy by Butler Shaffer

That was a complicated structure. I understand all the words but not the sentence. :(
 
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  • PaulQ

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    This is the introduction to a new argument: the writer argues that we must remember that, historically, the state is responsible for visiting death and destruction on people, [inflicting death and destruction upon] but that the supporters of that same state say that they are protecting the people from death and destruction - the same death and destruction.
     

    Beryl from Northallerton

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    Nor can we ignore ...
    Also, we cannot/oughtn't ignore ...

    ... the history of the state in visiting upon humanity ...
    ...
    the state's history of inflicting upon mankind ...

    ... the very death and destruction ...
    ...
    the same death and destruction ...

    ... that its defenders ...
    ... that people who are pro-state (people who argue in favour of the state) ...

    ... insist upon as a rationale for political power.

    ... use as a basis to argue in favour of the state.

    Let us not forget the evil the state has wrought in exercising its monopoly on violence, the very monopoly that's used to justify its existence.
     
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