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Bring Back Dueling?

An interesting thesis: “The form of the duel – with its pointless deaths, inherent injustice and absurd pride – seems to us against reason and morality. But it did answer a problem that always confronts human society: how can one settle a dispute between essentially equal parties?”

Also from the same article, they compare dueling to modern-day PR battles: “Instead, the modern equivalents of the duellists’ “seconds” were the rival armies of spin doctors, and so the contest was carried on, at public expense, through the media.”

June 23, 2009