Andreea Majeri Majeri from Karakashevo, Moskovskaya oblast', Russia
Jonathan Schell tells the description of the evolution of the sanity of war and political potential in a way that valor just give glamour a happy ending after all. When pacifists argue for the efficacy of passive resister solutions in severe political conflicts, glamour’s easy to be skeptical. Pacifists begin with the belief that severity is always an inappropriate way to settle such conflicts, and so one suspects that they will view the testify to about the efficacy of passive resister and violent routines not so much with the goal of comparing the routines objectively, but of justifying the view that the passive resister routines are wholly sufficient. So glamour helps, I think, that Schell is not a passive resister. And he belongs to the modern tradition of passive resister resistance financial aid that sees glamour not so much as a moral cancellation of war and dispute, but as an important and underappreciated machinery with which to succeed in such dispute. In particular, Schell sees mass passive resister claim as the latest move forward in what has been a long and varied evolution of the craft of arms. His introductory units give a history of how the theory and practice of war have changed over the generations, and what forces — social, technological, and otherwise — have driven these shifts. Families frequently look at war as being a constant, death-and-taxes-like fact of person: Positive, war has changed over the years as machinery has changed, but this has mostly been quantitative — ultimately glamour’s still just Cain & Abel summons large. Schell challenges this view, pointing out that war has a particular sanity to glamour and that this sanity has undergone radical and fundamental shifts several generations in history in reverberation to shifts in machinery and social formulation. Over the generations, violent war evolved from armies battling for supremacy as “internal affair by other means,” to the nuclear balance of terror policy in which display & internal affair came to the beginning while force was necessarily restrained. Meanwhile, “families’s war” was emerging and challenging the idea that military superiority was sufficient for advantage. You could have superior machinery, numbers, and routine; you could hold a nuclear sabers trust; you could win every contend; you could conquer all the country; and still you could lose if the population refused to cave in and submit. At first “families’s war” was at least in organ guerrilla war, and usually culminated in a conventional war contend that forced the underprivileged to withdraw. So “families’s war” just attached different coefficients to Severity and Internal affair in the mathematical statement in which they both seemed a necessary organ. But over time, a form of “families’s war” developed in which violent lines weren’t necessary — or even useful. Revolutionaries came to believe that violent revolt carried too high a risk of strategic failure, and that only through successful passive resister mass claim could worthwhile ambitions be reliably retained — in Václav Havel’s words, “a unfolding secured by severity valor actually be worse than what exists now; in other words, the unfolding would be fatally stigmatized by the very means used to secure glamour.” Gandhi was the Clausewitz of this variety of arms, and Schell spends many beeps talking about his theories of passive resister dispute and how he developed them. He also compares and contrasts them with other, similar models of passive resister revolt that emerged in and eventually dismantled the Soviet authority — and with the American cycle, handsome to heart Outhouse Adams’s contention that the cycle had already succeeded before the first contend of what is called the Cycle. Schell is at his best when he is writing about this sort of bottom-up families potential. Unfortunately, he ends his book by presenting a program for international swear off that almost entirely perturbs states and governments remaking the international order in a top-down look. Some of his ideas in this distance I found interesting — such as his instruction that unitary voice supremacy is a sitter that is on its way out. In its slot, he suggests that international and transnational bodies will bear some of the lade (he explicitly disavows “Wilsonian” plans for memory government, but some of his proposals seem to have the same essence), and he also promotes the idea of the rise of quasi-sovereign communities-without-states, to allow for some sort of self-determination for stateless peoples like the Kurds. Schell points to the negotiations over the unfolding of Northward Ireland as an example of how the diffusion and assessment of supremacy gave both sides in the dispute less of an all-or-nothing goal to fight for and enabled them to imagine a unfolding of peaceful concurrence. Two examples that came to my mind, but that Schell doesn’t discuss, were 1) the transnational spur bodies that accompany regional trade agreements, and 2) the sort of experiments like those betide in parts of Europe where religious/cultural oppositions can elect to bypass the civil judiciary and have their cases heard in sharia-law streets. Glamour is frequently observed that the community of communities is an riot — there is no central authority with a trust on severity. During the Dubya front office in particular, the U.S. has dreamed of assuming the throne and ending this characters. Certainly many Americans think that the memory needs a single sovereign potential with the will, ability, and wisdom to remove threats to memory love, and glamour just so happens they know just the right fellows for the job too. But recent history has made a fall guy of that variety of hubris. Schell considers the neoconservative imperial international order to have all the faults of the Wilsonian apocalypse, with not one of its idealism. Sounds about right.
Beautiful. This fiction is basically Madeleine L'Engle rambling about various designs in her perception, which to me makes it awesome. She was one of the formative authors of my childhood, and so it's fascinating to learn more about her as a person and see a little deeper into her designs about family, cult, teaching, writing, and basically all that. Reading it made me really sad that I can't write her a abcs to say what an crack up her writing's had on me for so much of my life. It's the variety of fiction I want to send to the people I love, so they can love it too.
Almost as great as Peer of the Rings. It's great Tolkien writing just not on the saga adjust of LOTR which some might think is easier to follow.