War as Theft

BPR Quote of the Day:


“Of course it is tempting to close one’s eyes to history and instead to speculate about the roots of war in some possible animal instinct:  as if, like a tiger, we still had to kill to live, or, like the robin redbreast, to defend a nesting territory.  But war, organized war, is not a human instinct.  It is a highly planned and cooperative form of theft.  And that form of theft began ten thousand years ago when the harvesters of wheat accumulated a surplus and the nomads rose out of the desert to rob them of what they themselves could not provide.”  

Jacob Bronowski   (1908-1974), Polish-born British mathematician)


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