Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Wars of Twenty-first Century

“There will be wars, as there never have been wars on earth,” says Nietzsche in Will to Power. This statement is not a hyperbole. It is Nietzsche’s prediction that the wars of the twentieth century would be different from the earlier wars. The wars of the eighteenth and nineteenth century were motivated by dynastic and national concerns, whereas the wars of the twentieth century would be immense—why? According to Nietzsche, the twentieth century wars would be a clash of ideologies. Mankind is now in the third decade of the twenty-first century. What kind of wars are the nations waging now or are likely to wage in the future? The age of ideology ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the wars since then have been over control of territory and resources. This trend will continue and going forward. The new wars will be limited in scope, and will lead to a world order which has multiple power centers. The days of the superpowers are over; we are now in a multipolar world.

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