Had not heard of von Clausewitz as he is a Prussian military theorist and that's not been my stomping grounds. But having Wikipedia'd him, I can see there could certainly be cross overs between his area and the Art arena. Again, no surprises there.
Originally Posted by McKlay
Certainly when one uses Art as propaganda, it can be like war and moving public opinion and weakening competition. Anything that moves people, I suppose is in that arena. And it's sorta hard NOT to consider Art as having impact on one level or other, whether directly trying to change people's opinions or not. When one is selling their work whether saying anything by it or not, one is wanting to have an impact. Degree and Aim are of issue, for that comparison, no?
also from Wiki:
"Clausewitz states that Napoleon's tactics were not revolutionary at all and that Napoleonic Warfare did not change anything greatly in military history. The technology of weaponry for the most part remained static, and new strategies weren't developed, but rather Napoleon refurbished old ones, mixing them into one grand strategy."
Seems to me that could be a way of looking at one's Artistic style as well. We have the history of Art. As artists, we can evaluate, absorb and combine artistic ideas of old in our own way. And that's what I think his observation was in general. Just in the military field.
Cool. Thanks for the very valid contribution. It's on us to interpret our world. It's often how we take ideas and how we spin it and make it work for us.
This falls under a heading that I personally don't employ, just as I don't particularly care to employ the philosophy of Machiavelli's The Prince or The Art of War wholesale. It's a different consciousness that has it's place. My wars, my personal challenges are aiming at Peace inside and out.
A military person would look at Art and see military because that's the lens they're looking through. The same stuff is there. All in the direction. It isn't called "The Art of War" for nothing. Were one to take out the "War" one can still find "Art" in the consciousness, in the focus on perfection.
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