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Statecraft is the use of power in international relations.


  • The purpose of democratic statecraft is, or should be, to find the means of ordered liberty in a world condemned to everlasting change.
  • To the political elite, statecraft is predicated on the notion that society is theirs to put into some type of hegemonic order. It is immaterial whether this institutionalized order actually helps society or instead puts it into a chokehold that slowly squeezes the air out of life. To the authorities, supremacy is always the primary objective.
    • L.K. Samuels, In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action, Cobden Press (2013) p. 90

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