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3 Can We Diminish War?

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For long periods, the major powers did not fight each other overseas despite their competitive instincts for slices of Asian or African real estate. War, the systematic and organised use of violence with all it bestial destructiveness, is peculiar to the most advanced of animals, man. Liberal economies beget liberal politics which beget liberal security policies. It is hard to disagree. The author points out a study carried out by a pro-democracy think tank, Freedom House, that published a report in 2001. This study effectively answered the old conundrum of whether the large number of prosperous countries is free as a consequence of their prosperity and development or whether prosperity is a consequence of basic political and civic freedoms. Freedom from war is not an illusion. The life of civilization and of humankind is not predetermined by unshakable physical causations or tough-minded political theorists.

Keywords: civic freedom; civilization; Freedom House; liberal economies; war



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