A Quote by Robert Wright on war, greed, change, and nonzero-sumness

War has contaned the seeds of its own demise all along. This primal form of zero-sum energy, through the very logic of history that it helped impel, was bound to grow more and more negative-sum until finally its downside was too glaring to ignore. In retrospect, it looks almost like planned obsolescence.

If war can indeed be turned into a relic, then the virtue of greed will recede further. From a given society's standpoint, one big upside of wanton material acquisition has traditionally been the way it drives technological progress—which, after all, helps keep societies strong. In the nineteenth century, Russia ans Germany had little choice about modernizing; in those days stasis invited conquest. But if societies no longer face conquest, breakneck technological advance is an offer they can refuse, and frugality a luxury people can afford.

God knows greed won't vanish. Neither will hatred or chauvanism. Human nature is a stubborn thing. But it isn't beyond control. Even if our core impulses can;t be banished, they can be tempered and redirected.

Robert Wright

Source: Nonzero : The Logic of Human Destiny (Vintage), Pages: 238

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A Quote by Isaac on war


It is foolish to start a war, but it is as foolish to think one will see the last of them.

Isaac Perez

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A Quote by Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, america, war, and government

There are two things that a democratic people will always find very difficult, to begin a war and to end it.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Democracy in America

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A Quote by James P. Carse on finite play, infinite play, war, weapons, contradictions, machine, winning, contest, and eliminate

If to operate a machine is to operate like a machine, then we operate not only with each other like machines, we opearte each other like machines. And if a machine is`most effective when it has no effect, then we opearte each other in such a way that we reach the outcome desired - in such a way that nothing happens.

All weapons are designed to affect others without affecting ourselves, to make others answerable to the technology we control. Weapons are the equipment of finite games designed in such a way that they do not maximize the play but eliminate it. Weapons are meant not to win contest but to eliminate them. Killers are not victors; they are unopposed competitors, players without a game, living contradictions. - James P. Carse

James Carse

Source: Finite and Infinite Games, Pages: 149-150

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A Quote by unplugged on president and war

A nation is in trouble when its bombs are smarter than its president.


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A Quote by Mother Theresa on peace and war


I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.

Mother Theresa

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A Quote by Basil O'Connor on war and peace


Man cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and seek peace like intellectual pygmies.

Basil O'Connor

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A Quote by Jan Myrdal on war, torture, propaganda, consciousness, reason, and awareness

"...the unconscious one does not betray. He walks secure through life. But we who are a part of the tradition--the Europeans--and who carry on the tradition we have betrayed with awareness, insight and consciousness, we have carefully analyzed all the wars before they were declared. But we did not stop them. (And many amongst us became the propagandists of the wars as soon as they were declared.) We describe how the poor are plundered by the rich. We live among the rich. Live on the plunder and pander the ideas to the rich. We have described the torture and we have put our names under appeals against torture, but we did not stop it. (And we ourselves became torturers when the higher interests demanded torture and we became the ideologists of torture.) Now we once more can analyze the world situation and describe the wars and explain why the many are poor and hungry. But we do no more. We are not the bearers of consciousness. We are the whores of reason."

Jan Myrdal

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on peace and war


Mere praise of peace is easy and ineffective. What is needed is acitve
participation in the fight against war and everything which leads to it.-

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Thomas Merton on war, change, non-violence, peace, and power

I am against war, against violence, against violent revolution, for peaceful settlement of differences, for nonviolent but nevertheless radical changes. Change is needed, and violence will not really change anything: at most it will only transfer power from one set of bull-headed authorities to another.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Contributed by: Barry

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