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29 October 2011

Man as Mere Cannon Fodder

So, if war isn’t the answer, what was the question exactly?
“Even with Europe in decay, still a war should have roused the healthy elements; a war should have awakened a lot of hidden powers, and surely so much energy would have been present among 250 million people that at least a respectable battle would have occurred, in which both parties could have reaped some honor, as much honor as courage and bravery can gain on the battlefield.”

- Marx & Engels, “The Boring War”, 1854

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