Book Review: Toffler, Alvin and Heidi War and Anti-War
An analysis of the Toffler’s view of how the differing states of war and peace contribute to the development of society.
`Interaction among states takes place in both wartime and peacetime. Peacetime interaction, diplomacy, can be either positive or negative; that is, aggressive or conciliatory. Invariably, states seek their own benefit in diplomacy, and the pursuit of such benefit causes states to be either accommodating of other parties in order to reach agreement, or to be greatly demanding, which can often lead to armed conflict. Wartime interstate interaction is necessarily negative because war necessarily involves pursuit of destruction, a negative sum game. Although war is a negative sum game, the methods of war can be used to measure the level of development of a society because war frequently requires a state to put its full resources behind the war effort. The changes in war methods, therefore, reflect the changes in society. Alvin and Heidi Toffler assert that wealth creation and destruction methods, just as war and peace, are linked; that is, changes in business are reflected in changes in warfare and that change in warfare necessitates change in ?peacefare,? the creation and maintenance of peace. The Tofflers analyze the revolutionary changes in the business world, the reflection of these changes in war, and the pending changes in peacefare.`