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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. “The question I have, then, is what makes a war just? What makes a war worth fighting? And what allows us to clearly judge who is in the right and who is in the wrong?”

    I would highly recommend a good book on just war theory. Michael Walzer’s Just and Unjust Wars is a fine secular introduction. Or start with the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on war.Report

  2. Avatar Kyle Cupp says:

    I tend toward the Catholic Church’s current four-criteria formulation for assessing whether or not a war is just, a standard that I think works pretty well whether or not one is Catholic. Well, I say it works, but then I also don’t think contemporary wars can really meet all four criteria, particular the criteria that a war not produce evils graver than the evil to be eliminated. The way the world has become more interconnected on a global scale generally makes it impossible to reasonably foresee a war’s consequences. The effects of war today are not localized or measurable. A strike in Iraq has ramifications, economic and otherwise, all throughout the world. So we really can’t know whether or not a given war will produce evils graver than the evil to be eliminated. This difficulty of measurement existed in the past, of course, but I think in the past it was possible to reach a reasonable speculation, whereas I’m pretty sure such speculation today is a shot in the dark.Report

  3. Avatar M. Farmer says:

    A war, a real war, is justified only when a nation is defending itself against attack.

    That’s my answer.Report

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