Monday, March 17, 2014

Erasmus on Peace

David Swanson has an essay on Ersamus on Peace:
Kings, writes Erasmus, start wars to seize territory when they would be better off improving the territory they have now.  Or they start wars out of a personal grudge.  Or they start wars to disrupt popular opposition to themselves at home.  Such kings, Erasmus writes, should be exiled for life to the remotest islands.  And not just the kings but their privileged advisors.  Ordinary people don’t create wars, says Peace, those in power impose wars on them.
500 years later and nothing has changed.

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