I have said the USA could never win another world war. They are fat, poorly informed & incapable of change as the WW2 generation was. The corollary is the rich, who become entrained in a lifestyle of soft pleasures and refuse to sacrifice. #ethics #praxis #EvolutionaryPsychology
If people want to know what sacrifice is about, consider the siege of Leningrad during WW2: "By January 1944, when the Wehrmacht finally began to retreat, around 750,000 civilians had been deliberately starved to death." #History #Survival #Horror theguardian.com/books/2011/sep…
True horror: "Nevertheless, the Somme heralded a new age of atrocity and diminished individual responsibility for it. Politicians, generals and ideologues... were able to ignore the moral consequences of their work." #History #WW1 theguardian.com/books/2016/jul…

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2. Voting equality
3. Enlightened understanding by the electorate
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