For theorists of the state and war inspired by Michel Foucault, the central issue
is power. For Foucault there is no individual subject constructed in the absence
of power, and no social institution that does not bear the imprint of historical
struggles over power (Foucault 1979). With power so pervasively infusing
human experience, there appears to be little need of talking about anything else.
Power is everywhere. History is the chronicle of the struggle for power among
individuals and groups. Taken to its logical conclusion, this perspective on
human social life ends up sounding very much like the Hobbesian “war of each
against all” (cf. Sahlins 2000).