Tchaikovsky…

“The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.” David Gerrold (1944 to Present) Science fiction writer David Gerrold created the fictional philosopher Solomon Short in the hostile world of the book series ‘The War Against the Chtorr’. Advertisements Advertisements

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The Ugliest Thing of Things…

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest thing of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and… Read More

Discipline, Toil & Risk…

“That Greek philosophers of the time never, or hardly ever, experienced war did not stop them pontificating on the subject. The philosophers, however, did come across soldiers. Their attitudes to the members of the army who protected them were marked by alienation, contempt, and fear. They considered that the life of a soldier was one… Read More

Stupid & Vengeful…

“War makes the victor stupid and the vanquished vengeful.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 to 1900) Nietzsche was a German classical scholar, philosopher, and critic of culture, who became one of the most influential of all modern thinkers. His attempts to unmask the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality, and philosophy deeply affected generations of theologians,… Read More

The Horrors of War & Democratisation…

“The greatest intensification of the horrors of war is a direct result of the democratisation of the state. So long as the army was a professional unit, the specialist function of a limited number of men, war remained a relatively harmless contest for power. But once it became everyman’s duty to defend his home (or… Read More

Virtue of the Long Sword…

“To master the virtue of the long sword is to govern the world and oneself, thus the long sword is the basis of strategy. The principle is “strategy by means of the long sword” If he attains the virtue of the long sword, one man can beat ten men. Just as one man can beat… Read More

Technological Advances & Military Goals…

“As soon as technological advances may be applied to military goals, and furthermore are already used for military purposes, they almost immediately seem obligatory, and also often go against the will of the commanders in triggering changes or even revolutions in the modes of combat.” Frederich Engels (1820 to 1895) German socialist philosopher, and the… Read More