Sunday, July 30, 2006

War

The news is so full of images of war. I looked for some quotes about war and found many. Some were pretty good.

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."

This is attributed to David Friedman. I do not know which one. I found the son of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, a filmmaker, and a children's entertainer. All three are likely candidates as the originator of that thought.

Isaac Asimov said, "Violence is the refuge of the incompetent."

Asimov was a Russian-born author and biochemist. He was most proud of his position as president of the American Humanist Association. He was talking about more than war. He supported developments in human rights, civil liberties, all things toward the enhancement of humanity.

Look through all of the quotes for an interesting perspective of war.


2 comments:

Baraka said...

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."

An excellent insight.

Thank you,
Baraka

David Friedman said...

I'm the source for the "direct use of force" quote. The original version, from my _The Machinery of Freedom_, is:

"The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limitd resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations."

It's been slimmed down a bit by the folk process since.

I should add that I was inspired by Bertrand Russell's description of the game of Chicken, played by juvenile degenerates and great statesmen.