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When a country–particularly a democracy–goes to war, the passive consent of the governed lubricates…

When a country–particularly a democracy–goes to war, the passive consent of the governed lubricates the machinery of slaughter. Silence is a key form of cooperation, but the war-making system does not insist on quietude or agreement. Mere passivity and self-restraint will suffice to keep the missiles flying, the bombs exploding and the faraway people dying.

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