Friday, October 31, 2008

The Effects of Conflict - Battle-Readiness

In his Washington Diary, BBC Correspondent Matt Frei explains why the Democratic campaign for the presidency has such strong groundroots.

"With hindsight, the prolonged agony of the family feud between the Clintons and the Obamas helped to keep all those campaign offices open, register more and more voters and keep the rank and file of the Democratic Party excited and engaged."

Finally, as the hour approaches, 42+44=?

Isaac Asimov based some of his science fiction wars on classic conflicts between the Greeks and the Persians. In one story (I forget which) he makes the point that the divided Greeks had far more experience of warfare than the united Persians.

Politicians are often obsessed by party unity, but sometimes party disunity (healthy debate) is better for democracy.

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