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Single Idea 19936

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 5. Leaders / b. Monarchy]

Full Idea

As soon as the kings took control [of the Hebrews] the reason for going to war was no longer peace and liberty but rather glory,

Gist of Idea

Kings tend to fight wars for glory, rather than for peace and liberty

Source

Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus [1670], 18.05)

A Reaction

As Spinoza was writing, Louis XIV had just invaded Holland, solely in quest of military glory. As soon as a leader like Napoleon discovers they are good at war, I assume that the thrill of glory takes over for them too.

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.233