Homo Homini Lupus Est

Sixty-seven years ago, World War II ended. In Japan, today’s date is officially designated “the day for mourning of war dead and praying for peace” (戦歿者を追悼し平和を祈念する日 Senbotsusha wo tsuitōshi heiwa wo kinensuru hi?). In the USA, it is called V-J Day, but few people any longer take much note of it.

All wars are horrible. World War II was the most horrible of all. One might think that people would have taken many valuable lessons from this catastrophe, but, sad to say, they have taken for the most part only a mass of myths and mistaken ideas, and many are now eager to plunge the world into similar horrors on the flimsiest of pretexts. Homo homini lupus est.

Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, author or editor of over fourteen Independent books, and Editor at Large of Independent’s quarterly journal The Independent Review.
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