War as metaphor

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"In debating social policy through the language of war, we often forget the moral reality of war." − James Childress. A 1944 illustration by Thomas C. Lea III of World War II: "The 2000 Yard Stare".

The use of war as metaphor is a longstanding literary and rhetorical trope. In political usage, war metaphors are used to manage a perceived societal problem, with the concept taking the place of an individual or state enemy in true war.

James Childress describes the use of war as a metaphor as a dilemma: "In debating social policy through the language of war, we often forget the moral reality of war."[1] One fundamental problem is that it is often unclear when the "war" is over.[2]

The Cultural Revolution in China 1966−1976 is a discouraging example of a war against "-isms".[2]

Examples[edit]

Examples of war used as a metaphor, often on the form "War on..." or "War against...":

Some "wars" are not proclaimed but rather a label used by adversaries:

References[edit]

  1. ^ James F. Childress "The War Metaphor in Public Policy" (p.181). Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Vad har Kina lärt av kulturrevolutionen?", professor Michael Schoenhals in Godmorgon världen!, Sveriges radio, 18 May 2016. Retrieved 23 maj 2016. (In Swedish)
  3. ^ Radley Balko. "Once again: There is no 'war on cops.' And those who claim otherwise are playing a dangerous game.", The Washington Post, 10 September 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Childress, James F. "The war metaphor in public policy"
  • Steinert, Heinz. 2003. "The Indispensable Metaphor of War: On Populist Politics and the Contradictions of the State's Monopoly of Force," Theoretical Criminology 7.3 (2003) p. 265-291.
  • Thomas, Ruth P. 1984. "War as metaphor in La Princesse de Montpensier", Forum for Modern Language Studies 20.4 p. 323-332.