A Philosophy of War by Alexander Moseley

By Alexander Moseley

Moseley considers warfare from all angles: Christian, Marxist, Platonic, behavioralist, fiscal, mental, and organic; he concludes that market-based societies are inclined to foster cooperation greater than strive against. ?

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138 (original emphasis). When pressed by extremely violent circumstances, the ability to hold on to that mental life of learned rules and codes of conduct becomes tenuous, as is described anecdotally in various memoirs: “A very sad thing happened while we were there—to everyone. It happened slowly and gradually so no one noticed until it happened. 15; Ehrenreich, Blood Rites, pp. 2. , the Maring peoples. Cf. 287. Until the proverbial moment captured symbolically and artistically in < 36 > Types of War 16.

One of Hobbes’s definitions of war is that it is a state of no rules, morality, or laws, cf. Leviathan. , Anti-capitalist riots that target international meetings by new socialist movements. Cf. My “The Anti-Capitalist Capitalists” in Ideas for Liberty, March 2001. Or the Rabulist riots of Sweden (1838) whose target was government censorship of the press. A distinction needs to remain between a riot and a rebellion. , the peaceful “fuel tax rebellion” that took place in September 2000 in the UK.

6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Quincy Wright’s taxonomy is useful as a starter, but it requires adaptation to include new types of war that have entered the vocabulary since the publication of A Study of War in 1965. As humans are animals, defensive instinctive reactions shared with other animals may generate war at the pre-rational level of action, and wars may tap back into such reactions. For individual organisms, the instinctive act of violence is motivated by sex, territory, dominance, and activity between members of the same species.

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