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Volume 19 No. 6 • July 2016

Words of Wisdom from a Ghost On War and Peace

The following is from a satirical comic fantasy entitled “Conjuring the Ghost of Richelieu” written by David Goldman and published in his Affluent Investor on May 26, 2016 ( with the main character being the ghost of Cardinal Richelieu (Armand Jean du Plesses, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu):

“Do you know,” the ghastly Cardinal continued, “why really interesting wars last for 30 years? That has been true from the Peloponnesian War to my own century. First you kill the fathers, then you kill their sons. There aren’t usually enough men left for a third iteration.”

Later in the same fantasy, the Cardinal explains the problem with majority rule: “It is a matter of calculation—what today you would call game theory. If you compose a state from antagonistic elements to begin with, the rulers must come from one of the minorities. All the minorities will then feel safe, and the majority knows that there is a limit to how badly a minority can oppress a majority...” “The moment you introduce majority rule in the tribal world,” the Cardinal replied, “you destroy the natural equilibrium of oppression.”

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