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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Democracies and Warfare

Democracy and warfare are the two sides of the same coin. The Western nations were the first to develop the militaristic and naval capacity for making conquests in all parts of the world because they were the first to develop a democratic system. In the last two thousand five hundred years some of the greatest wars have been fought by the Western democracies (republics)—and not by the Western aristocratic (statist) states. In fact, in a direct contest, the Western democracies have often 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 quite 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, in many instances, highly militaristic, aggressive, and ruthless—they are the ultimate experts at fighting pitched battles and conducting wholesale massacres.

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