This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Persuasion and inducement

We have already observed that to demand consent before compulsion is to ignore the complexity of the human condition, since at times consent is implied, and even if not implied, there are considerations that outweigh the need for consent.

The same holds true for the concept of persuasion, which is desirable and ought to be attempted but is not the last resort beyond which nothing can be done. Even here the line is not so clear. It can be very difficult to see when persuasion becomes compulsion, since as we have already observed, argument is in fact a form of mental inducement and insofar as it succeeds it involves the imposition of a will on another will to achieve a desired result. By insisting on ‘persuasion’, we still do not avoid the problem of compulsion. We merely insist on certain of its forms of delivery.

The formula should run as follows: induce by persuasion, and induce without persuasion when necessary.

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