Tuesday, January 11, 2005

War, Peace and Primates

With all the debate on War and Peace at present it's worth reading Gene Expression's post Primitive Warfare
"peaceful prestate societies were very rare; warfare between them was very frequent, and most adult men in such groups saw combat repeatedly in a lifetime. In fact, primitive warfare was much more deadly than that conducted between civilized states because of the greater frequency of combat and the more merciless way it was conducted"
It's often been said that the Nation State was constructed for the explicit purpose of enabling warfare. I think that it's the other way round. Although Nation States do undertake war, life would be far more lethal without them.


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