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govegan Donating Member (661 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 12:04 PM
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72. Good story, good message
Most who find General Butler's War is a Racket interesting would be interested as well in Scott Nearing's brilliant work War, which is appropriately subtitled "Organized Destruction and Mass Murder by Civilized Nations." Published in 1931, Scott's book clearly outlines the coming of the second great world war.

The gains of war are, in the main, ruling class gains. The losses of war, are in the main, mass losses. There are exceptions, but this generalization is true on the whole.

The science of war, like other sciences, has been created by the ruling class. The art of war, like the other arts, has been fostered by the ruling class. War, as an institution, has been organized and aggrandized by the ruling class. In earlier times, war was its greatest game. In modern times it is its supreme adventure. The ruling class builds and uses the war machine, and the balance sheet of war stands in its favor.

Both ends and means must conform to the ethical and moral code which we have accepted and laid down for ourselves. It is a betrayal of trust to adjust our means and ends to those of our opponents.
--Scott Nearing, 1972

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