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This month’s banter leans a little, OK a lot, on the academic side. It comes to us from xiphos83 of A Misguided Adventurer, who asks the following: ” Victor Davis Hanson argues that western culture, comprising of ideals such as freedom, debate, capitalism, and consensual government, are what make western society so successful at waging war. These ideologies create a warrior who’s direct participation in government, ability to think freely, and desire to remain free, fights harder and is willing to suffer more than his conscripted foe. Though a military must remain a structured oligarchy to fight a war effectively, why in a world where military conflict is as familiar as breathing are there so few alliances that embrace these ideologies when governing their members?”
Mike checked the corp mail on the way back to his ship . . . the usual jokes back and forth. An agreed time and system to meet up for some group action. He hgad missed that last few and was sad that he had. Some of the people in his corp were just plain fun to talk to, making isk at the same time was just icing on the cake. Even fleet ops were a suggestion but he knew that his corp mates would not leave a ship or a pod behind, and he never counted his share of returns on a mission.
He looked a viewport as a small tide of rifters gathered around an interceptor he did not recognize and the hunting pack warped away. He had heard they were a share and share alike group but he wondered if the same levels of trust existed.
It all comes down to who and why you are fighting. If you are a loose gang looking for trouble you have much less attachment to the guy in the next pod over. If you are a family style corp then the person in the next pod is a friend, a brother, a sister. If you are defending some remote system for strategic or isk gain for your lords and masters, hell, you will not lay down all you have. If it some base you struggled to put up, that you have reaped benefits and been given ships because of the income, if your home base and all you own is IN this small remote system . . . well, then you fight.
Ideology smideology. You fight for the really important things. Your home, your family, your friends. Anyone who thinks that other politics or religions did not have their share of heroes and people who fought tooth and nail are reading history through blinders. If you have a home, if the people standing next to you on that thin line of defence are your brothers and sisters. . . you will fight.
Now the government BEHIND you may alter how well you fight, not in motivation but in terms of material benefits. A well fitted army can is better than one flying tin buckets. But even THAT is not an assurance of Victory.
Mike smiled and quoted his father softly. “The victory that never was in ‘Nam was not because of the equipment. Same goes for any of the ‘Stans. The invaders were better equipped, were fighting for their own ideals, were the good guys. It was about HOME. You fight for your home harder and meaner than anybody ever expects”
Mike sighed and tapped the wall of the station. Did he have a home?
He looked down at his comm with corp mail still open. Brothers, sisters . . . yes he had a home but it was not a place, it was people.
He’d fight for them.