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Applying Clausewitz to life other than war

The other day it struck me that Clausewitz’s classic observation that war makes even easy tasks difficult also applies to being depressed. I wonder if some of his other classic thoughts can be similarly applied to other aspects of life. None occur to me. Is there anything else, for example, besides war that is an ...

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The other day it struck me that Clausewitz’s classic observation that war makes even easy tasks difficult also applies to being depressed.

I wonder if some of his other classic thoughts can be similarly applied to other aspects of life. None occur to me. Is there anything else, for example, besides war that is an extension of politics by other means?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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