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The longstanding discussion of a supposed ‘crisis of law and order’, manifest in alienated urban environments beset with incivility and predation, is extended to its logical endpoint in post-apocalyptic fictions – law and order implode under the weight of a catastrophic event (be it a zombie plague, nuclear war, eco-systemic or economic collapse) leaving a vacuum in which evil runs loose, and the innocent and vulnerable are bereft of protection. 0004 Law and Disorder in the Post-Apocalyptic Landscape 25 can be traced to Hobbes’ discourse on the ‘state of nature’.

The camp, however, is not just a singular instance of the state of exception, but a logic that increasingly comes to characterise the exercise of sovereign power in modern societies: ... the camp was originally an “exceptional” space ... in which the life of the “citizen” was reduced to “bare life”, stripped of form and value ... However ... the production of bare life is today extended well beyond the walls of the concentration camp. That is, today, the logic of the camp is generalized; the exception is normalized.

The MFP engage in a high-speed pursuit that results in carnage before Max finally catches-up to the fleeing prisoner; Nightrider crashes the car and is killed in the ensuing explosion. Max is later told by his boss that the gang are now seeking revenge against him for the death of their fallen friend. Our first encounter with the gang itself (led by the psychopathic Toecutter) features their arrival in a small outback town whose residents they terrorise. They administer beatings to the locals; chain one man to a motorbike and drag him at speed along the road; and gang rape a young woman whom they subsequently chain up like a dog.

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