File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_2004/foucault.0410, message 72


Subject: RE: War, Death and History
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 10:43:21 +1000


What is all the Koenigsberg stuff? Academic spam?

>From: "Orion Anderson" 
<libraryofsocialscience-AT-earthlink.net>
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>To: <foucault-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu>
>Subject: War, Death and History
>Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 11:48:38 -0400
>
>War, Death and History
>
>
>In the First World War, human beings were proud of the endless rows of 
white
>crosses that memorialized the dead soldiers even as the war was being
>fought. They didn't realize that the war was fought in order to create 
the
>crosses. Nations exist because memorials testify to the fact that people
>have died in their name.
>
>Soldiers in World War did what they were asked to do: They got out of
>trenches and ran into artillery shells and machine-gun fire. However, 
the
>cause of the killing and dying was obscure; the source was murky. Wars
>happen. When wars happen, soldiers die.
>
>Today, we are not unaware of the relationship between human agency, war 
and
>the death of the soldier. We know that wars are the result of choices 
that
>people make. Since we know that we have chosen war--that we are the 
cause of
>the soldier's death--we're not so proud of memorials. We no longer 
flaunt
>them. In fact, we sometimes hide them. We don't want to be excessively
>conscious of the results of our choices.
>
>   _____
>
>Richard Koenigsberg's writings have revolutionized our understanding of 
the
>sources of societal violence. To read his papers (listed below) on war,
>genocide and civilizational self-destruction,
>
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>
>*	AS THE SOLDIER DIES, SO DOES THE NATION COME ALIVE: The Sacrificial
>Meaning of Warfare
>
>*	DYING FOR ONE'S COUNTRY: The Logic of War and Genocide
>
>*	THE LOGIC OF THE HOLOCAUST: Why the Nazi's Killed the Jews
>
>*	THE SACRIFICIAL MEANING OF THE HOLOCAUST
>
>*	AZTEC WARFARE, WESTERN WARFARE: The Soldier as Sacrificial Victim
>
>
>
>   _____
>
>Yet we do want to know that the soldier has died--for our cause. In war, 
the
>soldier dies for all of us. National glory derives from the willingness 
of
>the soldier to give his life. If soldiers did not accede to give their
>lives, there could be no national glory. Without national glory, there 
would
>be no history.
>
>The death of the soldier sustains the fantasy. Soldiers die so that we 
can
>read about leaders and wars in history books. The greater the number of
>deaths, the more significant the historical event. Wars are undertaken 
in
>order to remind us of our sacred ideals. Death in war testifies to the
>reality of the ideal. Wars occur in order to be remembered--so that 
leaders
>and nations can make history.
>
>People feel better when there is terrorism and war. War reassures us 
that
>life is meaningful. Triviality and frivolity are replaced by 
significance
>and solemnity. In order for history to continue, wars are created. As 
long
>as wars occur, there can be no "end of history." Narratives 
become grand
>again: The world has returned to normalcy.
>
>Once again, there seems to be a center. When there is a center, it is
>difficult to be "multi." The center is where death occurs and 
is located in
>the minds of those who cause death. The center is the sacred ideal that 
is
>the cause and justification for killing. If they can die for their 
ideals,
>we can die for ours. Without sacred ideals, there is only Michael 
Jackson.
>
>War is full of sound and fury, a tale told by an idiot. Unless you are 
in
>the path of a bomb or bullet--then it's really real. Death and body
>mutilation are the basis of war and source of history. Bombs create 
"earth
>shattering" events. We create history in order to forget that our 
frail
>bodies are in the process of disintegrating.
>
>
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