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Video: Dr. Christopher Bassford discusses the ideas of Carl von Clausewitz.
Made for the US Army War College, July 2001.

3. "From the Dialectic to the Trinity." This video describes how Clausewitz's thesis (War is nothing but an act of force....) and his antithesis (War is merely an expression of politics....) feed into his synthesis: War "is ... a fascinating trinity—composed of [1] primordial violence, hatred, and enmity, which are to be regarded as a blind natural force; [2] the play of chance and probability, within which the creative spirit is free to roam; and [3] its element of subordination, as an instrument of policy, which makes it subject to pure reason." (Note that our translation varies—for good reasons—from the standard Howard/Paret version.)

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