History tells us that might eventually makes right

The world is a dangerous place and becoming more so. We know that. Almost every day now, news arrives that somebody killed his neighbor or his wife or blew up a bus or a building or a workplace, etc.

And if that isn’t enough, somebody shot down a commercial airliner in Ukraine, bombed a U.N. school in Gaza and planned to attack Norway in the name of Islam.

The United States decides to take in children from Central America to keep them safe from drug wars, but if the goal is to keep children safe, that’s hardly sufficient. Children are endangered everywhere now, as are millions of adults.

In such an environment, history tells us that one thing will happen — might will make right. The rule of law is unraveling as are human decency and civilized behavior.

Some people like to point to India’s Gandhi, who brought independence to his nation 66 years ago, and suggest that non-violence can prevail. Yes, it can, if the enemy is an exhausted British Empire on its last legs and still trying to dig out of the rubble of World War II.

But ask yourself this: What if the enemy had been the Soviet Union’s Stalin or Russia’s Putin?

Some also like to point to Martin Luther King’s non-violent tactics in ending segregation. But they forget that lots of people died  before the federal government sent troops to Little Rock and Selma and other parts of the South.

Once the racists realized that the feds meant business, real change came about.

But who means business today? The U.S. has given back democracy’s gains in Iraq and Afghanistan. We now argue about whether or not to  support a democratic republic like Israel. We pretend that Putin and his ilk can be embarrassed into civilized behavior.

Eventually, the vacuum of power sweeping the globe will be eliminated, and the strongest leader with the most committed following will run the world. Either we stand up for the rule of law locally, nationally and globally, or we suffer the consequences. Might eventually makes right.


  • Crut

    So that’s your advice? Might makes right? That’s the advice of an imperialistic bully.

    Just because history has for thousands of years been recorded by the victor doesn’t make it right, or even TRUE. Do you really need examples for this?

    The world is LESS dangerous overall than it ever has been in our history. Your anecdotes are noted, but are not proof. The sensationalistic media thrives on the fear that all these scary stories create. You are still more likely to be struck by lightning on a golf course in Florida than to be involved in any of the situations you described.

    “Either we stand up for the rule of law…”

    Yea right, I’m going to have to stop you right there. Standing up for the rule of law is a subversive authoritarian way of saying “Obey, or else”. Nobody is born to be ruled, and while most laws deserve no question, there are many which are in place that are rooted in hatred (See the War on Drugs) and must be destroyed by the might of reason.

  • newpolitiq7

    Wow, what sad resignation to the supposed inevitability of the ways of violence. Maybe it’s naive (though I’d prefer the words “hopeful” and “faithful”!), but I’m not willing to concede the premise of this depressing worldview, that (physical) might makes right. For a dramatically different point of view, consider Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers”. A few others who espouse this quoted here, if interested : http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/december/25.54.html?paging=off

    Here’s just one: “The Peace intended is not merely that of political and economic stability, as in the Greco-Roman world, but peace in the Old Testament inclusive sense of wholeness, all that constitutes well-being. . . . The “peacemakers,” therefore, are not simply those who bring peace between two conflicting parties, but those actively at work making peace, bringing about wholeness and well-being among the alienated. Robert A. Guelich, Sermon on the Mount: A Foundation for Understanding

    Don’t give up hope — if you claim to be Christian, you’re called to faithfulness (not results). Don’t give into the “ways of the world’s” lazy, selfish pursuit of nationalistic/clan violence.

    • robin hensel

      Newpolitiq7….way to go….stated ELOQUENTLY. Emphasis intended with capital letters.

  • tmac

    How does the letter writer propose ” we stand up for the rule of law locally, nationally and globally…”?

    • newpolitiq7

      Good point. To question “the rule of law”, period, is worthwhile. Prof. Hasnas, Georgetown U. wrote “The Myth of the Rule of Law” almost 20 yrs ago, and it’s still as provocative today. http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/MythWeb.htm (If you’re a Tom Woods Radio show fan, Woods is a convert to Hasnas thinking on this, too.