July 1st, 2007

War

War boils down to a contest between two peoples to see who is willing to suffer more to win an arbitrary contest. A side can have an advantage, such as the make-them-suffer-2000-ray, but technology is usually pretty even and the drive generally determines who wins. A clear example is the Vietnam war: Most Americans didn't really know why we were there and wanted us home. The Vietnamese, on the other hand, really cared about the war and were willing to die for it.

I think I've already pointed out that Germans love efficiency and rules, but are lonely because the social codes make it difficult to make friends. That is a pretty good societal formula to allow manipulation by the government.

Joining clubs is a good way to make friends (such as the home-makers nazi league); it allows people to fill the needs to belong and also doesn't butt up against any accepted rules. Club membership also makes indoctrination easier. This would make a bad government's task of building popular support for a war much easier. The fact that Germans believe in rules, would make controlling dissidents much easier. Outlaw expression of non-party opinions. That would have a direct effect on the person with the opinion, they would strive to reconcile their opinions with the rules. It would also draw popular support for the official enforcement in cases where the dissident felt that their opinion was more important than following the rules. People would support and even perform castigation for infractions. It is clear how Germany did so well in all of the wars that it was involved in.

Modern day Germans, however, would not be good at winning a war. They have no national pride. They have a negative national pride. I assume that that showed up after WWII.