The study of the powers that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world.
Realpolitik as devised by Ludwig von Rochau.
to be fair to him he saw realpolitik as a pragmatic approach to politics – i understand it as an approach to politics which enforces the paradigmatic governing doctrine
i’m reading a book on the reformation – – ‘reformation’ by diarmaid macCulloch – – incidentally a beautifully written book and fascinating; filled in a lot of the obscurities of christian nomenclatur for me. what it hasn’t done is improved my opinion of christianity as an organised religion – – the opposite probably.
another thing it has done is made me think on monarchy
the monarchs of the reformation killed any perceived opposition without question – enforcing their own realpolitik by burning at the stake – – burning alive – – anyone who even implied that it might be possible that a monarch’s word was not backed by the word of their god. not to mention organising armies to rape n pillage across europe at the drop of a doctrinal detail. doctrine is all