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Max Herman Jan. 21 2008 15:45Reply


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This sounds like an interesting website! I think the main example would be "Art," which applies to the arts of war as well as the arts of peace, as represented in statuary at the bridge in Washington DC. Making it all the more confusing, "art" and "army" come from the same root in Indo European:

Etymology: ME < OFr arte < L ars (gen. artis), art < IE base *ar-, to join, fit together > arm, arm, articulate, ratio, L artus, joint

In the field of rhetoric, which I believe is one of your areas of study Marisa, Gorgias is well known for saying that all use of language is violent. This is akin to what Foucault said in that there is no such thing as communication free from domination. I don't agree with these necessarily but I do think in normal practice they are generally true. Most Postmodernists disagree with Habermas when he says that you can have intersubjective communication free from domination. They are I think correct by default because human society still needs coercive restraint to avoid chaotic warlordism, thus all discussion takes place in a context of laws enforced by power, and so on.

One counterpoint would be the idea of sacred communication as Ceci Moss has studied (according to her bio on Rhizome), which occurs without domination although proper authority is included. Eastern religion also talks about zen and peace, and the expressive activity that can accompany it, and it has been backed up by brain science.

Come to think of it, communication is perhaps the ultimate military word, especially for the 21st century! "Network" of course is also at the very core of present-day military theory and practice.

Max Herman
The Genius 2000 Network
Le Cafe online now
http://www.geocities.com/genius-2000

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Max Herman Jan. 21 2008 16:33Reply


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Another thought I had, "freedom" = "freedom to maneuver" in warfare as well as relating to rules of engagement I think, such as a "free-fire" zone. "Technology" I think has a relevant corollary in "the strategy of technology" as in the book by Stefan Possony at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategy_of_Technology.

I understand that the site is not just interested in words that apply to both war and art, but some items reflect this.

Max Herman
The Genius 2000 Network
Le Cafe online now
http://www.geocities.com/genius-2000

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Max Herman Jan. 21 2008 17:01Reply


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I visited this site and it's pretty good. I would add "balance of power" to the list as I think this is a very important concept relating to war. All in all a very interesting project!


Max Herman
The Genius 2000 Network
Le Cafe online now
http://www.geocities.com/genius-2000

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