Manufacturing War: How Peace Drives Us Crazy

23.02.11

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by DAVID AXE

I was at Rice University’s Baker Institute on Tuesday to speak on the topic of war philosophy and China. You can listen to my speech and the subsequent question-and-answer period in the Youtube clip above.

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14 Responses to “Manufacturing War: How Peace Drives Us Crazy”

  1. Great stuff! Some really progressive views in there and I’m really impressed by how inclusive you were as a speaker (more so than any speakers I saw in my university days).

    I particularly liked your comments on threat perception towards the end. Fear is a powerful weapon.

    And I love that around the 55:30 mark, it sounds like someone is munching on some snacks.

  2. Dear David,

    great speech! Can I link to my facebook page?

    regards
    Philippe

  3. Hi David,

    thanks will do when I’m back from Singapore

    Regards
    Philippe

  4. Merlin says:

    Actually, you are quite cute!

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  10. bobjones2 says:

    i think our military build up in regard to china should have been delved into a bit further. taiwan was mentioned, but korea wasn’t at all. from a security point of view, korea is more important to china than taiwan. china is a strident supporter of north korea and has been essentially defending north korea’s recent attacks against south korea.

    sure i agree that build up in itself can manufacture wars, case in point, the middle east. but in the pacific where everyone is building up currently, i’d be very uncomfortable with scaling back. united states did in fact scale back military greatly after wwii, and the result was the korean war as the opposing forces so that as a sign of weakness.

    how to untie this gordian knot? it be more interesting to talk about the specifics rather than the general…

    just my 2 cents. very interesting and worthwhile speech. i hope you dont take my comment as an attack.

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