By Nir Eisikovits (auth.)
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It was, in essence, a compromise between the victorious Allies regarding the terms to exact from Germany – an agreement to further subdue the defeated and make them bear the costs of war. But such a treaty is not itself rotten. It does not set up a political order in which the Germans are treated as nonhumans. 18 36 A Theory of Truces Furthermore, Margalit insists that not all compromises with a rotten regime are themselves rotten. We can make morally acceptable deals with a regime bent on undermining the basis of morality.
Having made a provisionary case for truces, then, I turn to characterize the state of mind involved in making them: what are the assumptions and philosophical commitments involved in accepting truces as part of the legitimate repertoire for mitigating political conflict? 1 A focus on immediate benefits The Jewish satirist Alter Druyanov recounts an anecdote about a despot who decides his dog must learn to speak. The despot reviles the Jewish community living under him but admires their rabbi for his wisdom and erudition.
High expectations can, indeed, motivate a negotiating partner. But they can also paralyze her. They can signal that she is bound to disappoint and, as a result, instill a sense of helplessness. The risk is not limited to a specific party bowing out of the negotiation. Setting goals too high may well create a sense of cynicism about the activity itself. Buyers may stay away from our home altogether; our children may simply give up on their studies. ” Truce thinking works in the reverse direction.
A Theory of Truces by Nir Eisikovits (auth.)