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The Political Relevance of St. Augustine ~ The Imaginative Conservative

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St. Augustine observed, “To begin with, there never has been, nor, is there today, any absence of hostile foreign powers to provoke war.” Evil men lusting after power—aggressors—are endemic to human history, and noted Augustine, “When they go to war what they want is to make, if they can, their enemies their own, and then to impose on them the victor’s will and call it peace.”

It is surprising that contemporary political thinking has paid relatively scant attention to St….

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