Study War Some More

San DiegoTomorrow I’m off to my old hometown (well, one of my old hometowns) San Diego to chair a panel at the 2009 conference of the International Society for Military Ethics (program here). Back Monday.

In the meantime, read this great argument for anarchism. (The author doesn’t intend it as an argument for anarchism – quite the contrary – but his modus tollens is my modus ponens. Briefly, he argues that if it were permissible/obligatory for soldiers to disobey commands in an unjust war, then it would also – absurdly – be permissible/obligatory for jailers to release prisoners unjustly detained, etc. Um, okay.)

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7 Responses to Study War Some More

  1. Bob Kaercher January 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Yeah, what’s up with that whole “justice” thing, anyway?

  2. Neverfox January 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm #


    Greetings from SD. I didn’t know it was a hometown for you. When was that?

    • Roderick January 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

      2nd through 4th grade. (Roughly 1972-74.)

      • Neverfox January 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

        Ah yes, the formidable elementary years.

        Well, if you ever want to grab a beer and shoot the shit about anarchy whenever you make it out here, give me shout. I might be able to round up a few ALLies and make a “meeting” out of it.

  3. Anonymo January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    Those unintentional arguments for anarchism are often more persuasive than the explicit ones. Someone should collect things like that into a book or web site or something.

  4. Gary Chartier January 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    A second to Neverfox’s comment: Riverside isn’t far from San Diego, and it would be great to see you while you were here.

  5. Paz January 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Epic win, sir.

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