School of Politics and International Relations

Is throwing a milkshake an act of political violence? What political theory tells us

28 May 2019

PhD candidate, Alexander Blanchard, published an article for The Conversation on the recent spate of “milkshakings” – in which prominent right-wing figures have been doused with dairy-based beverages. He writes: “Are these milkshakings actually violence? Hardly. These are disruptive actions, no doubt, and they sit somewhere on the spectrum between the peaceful and the violent, but, by nearly all accounts, political violence entails intentionally inflicting harm. So far, if their own accounts of their intentions are to be believed, the “milkshakers” have wanted, at most, to inflict humiliation.”