By Clausewitz, Carl von; Girard, René; Girard, René; Girard, Rene; Clausewitz, Carl von; Chantre, Benoît
In Battling to the tip René Girard engages Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831), the Prussian army theoretician who wrote On War. Clausewitz, who has been critiqued by means of army strategists, political scientists, and philosophers, famously postulated that "War is the continuation of politics via different means." He additionally appeared to think that governments may possibly constrain war.
Clausewitz, a firsthand witness to the Napoleonic Wars, understood the character of recent conflict. faraway from controlling violence, politics follows in war's wake: the technique of struggle became its ends.
René Girard indicates us a Clausewitz who's a involved witness of history's acceleration. Haunted by way of the French-German clash, Clausewitz clarifies greater than someone else the improvement that may ravage Europe. Battling to the top pushes apart the taboo that forestalls us from for the reason that the apocalypse has began. Human violence is escaping our keep an eye on; this day it threatens the whole planet.
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His sacriﬁce makes him spiritual. This is how reason tricks conﬂict, which can never smother it. In contrast, Clausewitz did not see the military hero as having this spiritual nature at all. For Clausewitz, a military hero is one who manages to rise above the contingencies and the many inﬂuences to which armies are subject. In Clausewitz’s dissimulation of reciprocal action and focus on an exceptional individual, there is an icycold theoretical Romanticism. Our passions and desires come from others; we never draw them from the depths of ourselves.
In this respect, Clausewitz is more profound and interesting from my point of view, because he is much more mimetic. He thought against Napoleon, in both senses of the word. ” Clausewitz predicted totalitarianism: the potential for that pathology resided in the way that he wanted to respond to Napoleon. There is something very deep in the reality of resentment, the modern passion par excellence, as Stendhal and Tocqueville saw, as did Nietzsche in a way, even though he was aiming at the wrong target.
Ernst Nolte speaks constantly about what I call “modelobstacles”42 with respect to the mimetism that closely links Bolshevism and Nazism, and which he argues makes Nazism a mimetic response to Bolshevism. This is precisely what mimetic theory calls a model-obstacle, and it is a crucial historical discovery. Yet Nolte lacks the anthropological point of view, which would help him formulate his intuition better. François Furet, who unlike Nolte has no nationalistic assumptions, is much more convincing when he goes back to the 1914 war to try to understand the mechanism.