Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Martial Paradox

Not marital; Martial, as in military. The paradox being 'If you want peace, prepare for war.' Although for some couples, it maybe appropriate (ha ha).

"Yet men who followed that code -- the men of the Tokugawa Shogunate -- created and sustained the longest period of of peace that any nation has ever known: A period generally reckoned to stretch from 1600 until 1868. So while Europe was tearing itself apart, fanatical militarists gave Japan unrivalled peace."

I found this short lil essay by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.) to be a thumbnail sketch of  the West's clash of left-right political philosophies concerning the importance of military preparedness.

And later on: The Tokugawa Shogunate. 

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