6 Responses to “Who wants war? Political leaders, and no one else.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Some argue there can not be peace without war because one defines the other; how can we experience peace without measuring it against its extreme opposite? So at this point, it makes sense to devote some time to discussing war, if only to highlight its engagement and interplay with peace.
    American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead considered war’s place in this world and raised the question: Is war a biological necessity, a sociological inevitability, or just a bad invention?
    “…I wish to urge another point of view, less defeatist perhaps than the first and third, and more accurate than the second: that is that warfare, by which I mean recognized conflict between two groups as groups, in which each group puts an army…into the field to fight and kill, if possible, some members of the army of the other group – that warfare of this sort is an invention like any other of the inventions in terms of which we order our lives, such as writing, marriage, cooking our food instead of eating it raw, trial by jury or burial of the dead, and so on.”
    – Margaret Mead
    This position offers an alternative to the argument that war is an attribute of humanity rather than only a bad invention just waiting for another better one to render it obsolete, as is what typically happens with most poorly conceptualized inventions.
    However, to know human nature is to accept that “once an invention is known and accepted, men do not easily relinquish it.” Knowing this, how can we begin to challenge the invention of war and bring something new to the table? Margaret Mead advises us, “For this, two conditions at least are necessary. The people must recognize the defects of the old invention, and someone must make a new one…There is further needed a belief that social invention is possible and the invention of new methods which will render warfare as out of date as the tractor is making the plow, or the motor car the horse and buggy.”
    Everyone has heard the old saying, attributed to Plato, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In this context, we must insist on “inventing,” or even “reinventing,” peace, on necessitating its revival while giving it relevance for our time. This is what will lead us away from the anachronistic, destructive forces of war and towards more peaceful methods of solving conflicts. These methods are arguably more difficult to fathom and practice simply because they are not already in our frame of reference, but critical nonetheless.
    War as a biological necessity and/or sociological inevitability assumes it must and will happen for a variety of reasons, regardless of human interference or choice, whereas the alternative concept of “invention” leaves room for more human participation, engagement, and the freedom to decide, to choose a different, more progressive invention. It leaves room for creativity. Humans are not slave to one path, to one method of solving conflict. In fact, the reality is just the opposite, we are capable of much more, especially when we least expect it, but this requires a choice. Who do you want to be and where do you want to go?

    http://criticalpeace.com/war-is-only-an-invention/

    Gordon.

  2. TMWKTMBNE says:

    “Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.” —

    Attributed to Julius Caesar

  3. TMWKTMBNE says:

    War is a the way the corporation generates profit and is an important ‘change agent’.
    Watch Congressional Investigator Norman Dodd interviewed on YT.
    The female attorney he tasked with investigating the tax exempt foundations in the US, the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (ha ha ha!) had a complete nervous breakdown and ‘lost her mind’ as a result of what she discovered in the records of these organisations. They were more than happy to open their records to a Congressional Investigation – they know they are so powerful, nothing can stop them and few people know about them, and many of those refuse to be the facts!
    Here’s the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUYCBfmIcHM&safe=active

    Margaret Mead? Social anthropology? Let’s be honest, it’s just sophistry, clever sounding language – I suspect most people would suggest it doesn’t make any sense or have any real meaning…lots of academic theory is like this.
    Pedagogic (teaching) theory is just like this. It becomes a study of itself, the terminology used is unique and exclusive, theories & ideas about theories & ideas, ad infinitum..!

  4. Tapestry says:

    War is now a secret event which is not meant to be noticed by the people being killed – vaccines, fracking, GMOs, codex alimentarius, polluted water, weather weaponry, earthquakes, tsunamis etc etc.

    Secret weapons for quiet wars. That document tells you that war has been changed – for the most part. Few conventional wars are fought these days with armies in the field.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bob Marley ..every where is War ..

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree Tap, and the enemy has changed too.

    The focus of every zionist occupation government is the nation it oppresses. We the people are the enemy. Silent weapons indeed.

    The chemtrailing here in the North West has been at an all time high today, nearly everyone I have spoken to feels out of sorts.

    Headaches, nausea, dry chesty cough and a metallic taste.

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