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As good as a wink,
This review is from: The Invention Of Peace And The Reinvention Of War: Reflections on War and International Order (Paperback)Worthy, valuable, indispensable.
For whoever is willing to take time to read between the lines, Mr Howard's contemplations on the culture of war and its implications for international order has precious things to tell. Unimpeded by the deceptions of the ephemeral, the author manages gloriously to combine succinctness in style and clarity of insight.
One key danger Howard warns against is an all too liberal economy, and the detrimental effect this may exert on the social cohesion of societies.
Resorting to Kant's 'seed of enlightenment' as his beacon and cornerstone, Howard urges on the pivotal importance of this in countering nihilism and boredom. These threats, he fears, are lurking behind the curtains and risk fuelling militant nationalism or conspirational radicalism abroad but home as well.
Written with an inobtrusive train of thought this lucid statement is teeming with an insight of reflection that one will encounter far too rarely. It should constitute required reading to anyone with a fair amount of interest in, and care for, the world at large.
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