„The nation state has never been associated with peace on earth. Its most powerful recommendation and record is, as a matter of fact, as a wager of war. The history of nation states is written around the dates of war, not peace, around arms and not arts. The organization of warfare without the coercive power of the nation state is simply unimaginable at the scale with which we have become familiar.“

—  Karl Hess, Foreword (1984) to The Market for Liberty (1970)
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—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836
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„There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige politics and economic protection….“

—  Jean Monnet French political economist regarded by many as a chief architect of European unity 1888 - 1979
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„Happy the state which in times of peace is yet prepared for war.“

—  Gerald of Wales Medieval clergyman and historian 1146
Felix est illa civitas quae in pace bellum cogitat. Book 2, chapter 9, p. 271. Compare Vegetius De Re Militari: "Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum" (Let him who desires peace prepare for war).

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