On War

On War is one of those books I think should be on the required reading list of every school child. For one thing it’s ridiculous that the average voter knows nothing about war and yet is responsible for picking the people who may start one. The other thing is that principles which apply to war usually apply to everything else, strategy is strategy and also as Clausewitz pointed out war is really a branch of politics, and politics is a branch of psychology. Studying war is therefore a study of psychology. On top of that On War is an excellent model text of how to study a subject; it’s not just a book about war, it’s a book of how to do philosophy properly which is why it is so dense and impenetrable; it is a thoroughly Kantian text, albeit it is Kant lite. 




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