The Third World War

Hitler 1933

“War is a judgement that overtakes societies when they have been living upon ideas that conflict too violently with the laws governing the universe… Never think that wars are irrational catastrophes: they happen when wrong ways of thinking and living bring about intolerable situations.”                        — Dorothy L. Sayers

In the near future, we are likely to call this the Third World War, or WW3.

World Wars are events that are global, cause severe economic damage, and result in very large numbers of deaths. Unlike ordinary wars, which are localized, by definition world wars involve the entire planet and no nation is entirely immune from the death and destruction that follows.

This world war, unlike the previous two in the last century, is not a military war. But like them, it will lead to some economic, social, and political upheavals that could not have been anticipated at the start. The start of world wars can only be identified in hindsight, when the whole world is engulfed in conflict. Continue reading