Progressives have been trying to engineer the "New Man" via education for the last 250 years. It has never worked. If anything, the educated, "Enlightened" leaders such as Robespierre, Lenin and their ilk have been far more vicious than the reactionaries. You need to break a lot of eggs while shoving round human pegs into the square holes dictated by rationally "proper" theory.Betruger wrote:There'll still be reason for war in an immediately post-scarcity future. Only thorough education of a large majority of the world will remove war as an omnipresent concern.
The West has been "spoiled" in its approach to war. We think our wars are terrible things, but compared to the historical human norm, the way the West fights war is artificial and restrained:MSimon wrote:Access to women. The age old reason.choff wrote:Would wealthy people want to fight in such a world, and for what, there wouldn't be a point.
The State declares war and peace
The Army fights war
The People stay out of war, and are guaranteed their property and lives in return
This type of "trinitarian" (aka Westphalian) war is a hothouse flower. If the people do not stay out, it implodes. That is why the West's traditional laws of war are so harsh to irregulars - they make it impossible for war to end with the surrender of one or more of the states involved. If the people do not accept the surrender of their state and keep fighting, the only way to secure an end to the violence is to make a desert and call it peace. Carthaginian Rules.
Kill all the males over 10
Burn everything, salt the earth
Enslave the women and younger children, scatter them to the four corners of the world
This way the enemy no longer exists as a culture. There is nothing to reform, to come back and seek vengeance in the next generation.
And ever since WW2, the West has been quietly accepting the return of people's war. Call them "national liberation movements" or whatever you please. The natural human way of war is returning. And it is far more cruel than what we deceive ourselves into thinking "war" is (WW2 Western front).