Thursday, July 8, 2021

Democracies and Warfare

Democratic nations are warlike. The Western nations were the first to develop the military strength to make conquests in all parts of the world because they were the first to develop the democratic model for governing their society. In the last 2500 years some of the bloodiest wars have been fought by the Western democracies (republics), not by the Western aristocratic (statist) states. In most direct contests, the Western democracies have prevailed over the Western aristocratic states.

Ancient Athens, a republic which held regular elections, was the biggest warmonger in Ancient Greece—they fought not only with the Greek city-states but also with the Persian Empire, and they even tried to conquer Egypt. The wars, civil wars, riots, mass killings, and pillages of the Roman Republic are legendary. The British Empire, which was democratic despite being a monarchy, fought wars all over the world between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries and conquered several colonies. Two of the bloodiest wars in history—the First and the Second World Wars—were fought in Europe, which was the most democratic part of the world. Hitler is generally blamed for the Second World War, but he was a democratically elected leader.

The democratic nations are seldom peaceful, compassionate, and reasonable. They are highly militaristic, aggressive, and brutal.

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