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By Alexander Moseley

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

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Instead, cultural norms and reasoned beliefs supplement what is already there. 21 This usually (but not necessarily) involves the formation of states and the rise of permanent governments that centralize administrative powers and which are hence capable of a greater exploitation (through forms of taxation) of the evolving divisions of labor and expansion of production that is characteristic of sedentary civilization. 22 Material progress brings untold benefits to humanity in terms of higher living standards and widening choices, but like Milton’s “good and evill as two twins cleaving together,”23 the simple fact that a soci< 29 > A Philosophy of War ety is able to produce more than it requires implies that some of that economic surplus may be channeled into a war machine,24 if the beliefs of that society so demand, which is, of course, not necessarily the case.

The growth of the state does not necessitate aggressive war — or an increase in war’s probability — without a corresponding generally held belief among the population that such war is to be valued. 25 The physical possibility of economically exploiting economic surpluses for war necessarily expands with the growth of the economic base. So it is not surprising that with the advance of agriculture — where war is common or becomes so — fortifications become more elaborate and weapons more intricate and longer ranged.

23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Stanley Kubrick’s film of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 when a hominid picks up a tool to be used for killing. Ehrenreich, Blood Rites. 103 Liddell Hart, Thoughts on War. Dawson, Origins of Western Warfare. ). 36 His theory suggests a historicist reading of human development that echoes the Hegelian projects of presuming to discern patterns and epochs in history that man must go through or which man’s maturation as a species is judged by but also implies that the previous forms were shed by such developments which I am arguing that they are not.

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