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By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

ISBN-10: 0425226891

ISBN-13: 9780425226896

The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous number of formerly unpublished paintings via Kurt Vonnegut near to war.

A becoming tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane stand-up comedian, Armageddon in Retrospect is a suite of twelve formerly unpublished writings on struggle and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged judgment of right and wrong, the items variety from a letter written via Vonnegut to his kin in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner through the Germans, to his final speech, brought after his demise via his son Mark, who offers a warmly own creation to the gathering. Taken jointly, those items supply clean perception into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and strengthen his ongoing ethical relevance in today's global.

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Signing ceremonies, joint appearances) but the process that led to the final outcome remains private. Some of this obscurity is by design. Citizens delegate policy-making authority to their leader to allow the state to run more efficiently. By entrusting the leader with the business of running the state, citizens are free to go about the tasks of their own day-to-day lives without needing to concern themselves with the details of how a leader actually implements policies. This arrangement, however, has a potential downside.

Recognizing the possibility for the “democratic selection” story to go awry is critical because it demonstrates that citizens of autocratic states are not the only ones who may pay a price for their leader’s personal political ambitions. Indeed, the same electoral check that drives many of the benefits that go along with being in a democratic state can backfire at the expense of the citizens if the leader picks a war that goes badly. If a leader’s personal fate is tied to the outcome of the war, he will have strong incentives to pursue victory, even if this means exposing his citizens to more hardship.

17 Recognizing the public’s ability to know when the war began is important because it allows even the least-informed citizens to identify the leader responsible for involving the state in the conflict. Knowing when the war started also facilitates identifying which other actors beyond the first leader may have been party to the decision. 20 Citizens may not be able to recall offhand whether the new executive was in the cabinet of the leader who started the war, for instance, but nonculpable opponents of the incumbent will have strong incentives to remind the public of these connections.

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