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Lemme’ tell ya’ somthin’. Somthin’ import’nt.
There is a reason Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Smith/Hume, Nietzsche, and their kind all write what they do: to remind us that those sensibilities we apply at local scale, and that are so useful at local scale, do not scale to international scale.
in other words, in every era some thinker must remind the dominant forces, that morality is a local contrivance for utilitarian purposes and not an intrinsic good.
And that in order to maintain those utilitarian properties of our local order, some of us, at least the military, judiciary, and monarchy, must never make the mistake that civility is an advantage outside of the polity any more than socialism is an advantage outside of the family, or democracy outside of the neighborhood.
That’s my job for this era.