>>349414 >fires Bismarck >somehow manages to fuck up diplomacy with Britain >doesn't renew the non-aggression pact with Russia, so Russia allies itself with France >invades Belgium so Britain enters the war against him >what is diplomacy >mfw fighting half of Europe helped only by Austrians (shitty at war) and Turks (shitty at everything)
>whosoever can, should smite, strangle, and stab, secretly or publicly, and should remember that there is nothing more poisonous, pernicious, and devilish than a rebellious man. Just as one must slay a mad dog, so, if you do not fight the rebels, they will fight you, and the whole country with you.
I'm not sure about this particular quote, but there was a reformed peasant revolt in Germany led by Thomas Müntzer and Luther himself was so horrified about it he condemned them.
Kuehnelt-Leddihn argues that the cancerous ideologies started by the French revolution (socialism, nationalism, egalitarianism, marxism etc) actually have their root in people like Wycliffe, Hus, Luther or Müntzer, protestants that is.
>Peasants are no better than straw. They will not hear the word and they are without sense; therefore they must be compelled to hear the crack of the whip and the whiz of bullets and it is only what they deserve.
>Like the drivers of donkeys, who have to belabor the donkeys incessantly with rods and whips, or they will not obey, so must the ruler do with the people; they must drive, beat throttle, hang, burn, behead and torture, so as to make themselves... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
If there is a Form of the Good, doesn't that mean there is a form of the Evil? If evil is just an absence of the Form of the Good, then is the world fundamentally evil and can only be redeemed insofar as it participates in the Good?
>>349203 Good and evil are value judgements, they require a subjective observer. They are a person/group/culture going "We like this, and don't like that other stuff." They have form in that we can perceive a strict situation and ideal "good" and "evil" aspects or results, but they have no bearing on the actual aspects or results. Well, aside from influencing how observers react to them.
>>349686 Anon started from the position that the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>349203 There's multiple answers to this. One is that there is a form of evil. In this understanding good and evil are balanced and can even have a certain harmony, they co-exist as equal opposites. The Gnostic God Abraxas represents this pretty well. He is the ultimate creator who made both good and evil. He created the love of the good mother and the wrath of the evil mother. Another example of this represented is Zoroastrianism where there one supreme God that represents all good and the Devil that represents all evil... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Ottoman empire is on the decline >desperate for new military hardware and funding >know they need to enter the war to stay relevant >flip a coin and choose Germany basically >Germany give them guns and shekels >all is good >except they lose the war and a bunch of their territory to the british and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
What's weird about the names? It's a Persian religion in the Persian language.
Zoroaster believed there was a universe of darkness and a universe of good. There was a self destructive spirit and there was a virtuous one, opposed to one another in eternity. However, evil is still subordinate to the good.
>>349093 There's one God, Ahura Mazda. He begets seven emanations that are hyposthases of basic values like kingship, motherhood, good health, etc. Those are the Amesha Spenta. Then there are angels, the yazata. In the beginning, the Amesha Spentas were meant to be mostly metaphorical. The Yazatas were basically guardian angels who stood over certain rituals. So you had Haoma, the personification of the holy plant haoma used in liturgy, Sraosha who led souls into afterlife. But then the religion re-absorbed elements... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>349089 >Why did mounted crossbowmen stop being a thing? That is a damn good question. I'd imagine (having not actually looked into it) it having something to do with how hard it is to reload, and keep loaded a crossbow. Or at least one with any power behind it. Especially since at that time when they fell out of fashion, there were more powerful bows being used on horseback, and that's just quicker.
>>349089 >What exactly is the problem with shooting bows while wearing plate armor? Forgot to answer this. It's to do a couple of key factors. Firstly that plate armour wasn't exactly mobile, so it'd be hard to draw and aim a bow whilst wearing it. Then if you're wearing expensive armour like that, you're going to be making use of it, and the poorer archers in the back aren't going to need it.
Why did the pretty much all the Spanish and Portuguese colonies totally fail in comparison to most of the British colonies when the Spaniards and Ports colonised the new world first and accumlated more land and jungle control before the British coloniezed the north?
3rd world countries: >South America >Latin America >most of Carribian
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Could the handover of Hong Kong have been avoided? I feel like this was a massive abandonment of the Hong Kong people by the British. Britain let Singapore and India etc. go because they wanted to, whereas even today the attitude in Hong Kong is they would rather be closer to Britain than China, especially among young people. So we handed the Hong Kong people over to a country they didn't want to be part of.
It was remarkable that Thatcher was in charge when the negotiations happened, probably one of her biggest displays of weakness.
Has the US actually been a "bro" with the other Anglo countries in the past or is it just an illusion and their special relationship is merely for personal gains? Documentary's about the US UK relations around 1940 seem to make me think the later.
Which leads me to my final question. Do countries ever act and help out each other for broship or is it always part of some master narcissistic strategy?
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