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By F. G. Bailey

Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils is a sequel to the author's very popular Stratagems and Spoils. Treason, the recent be aware within the name, exhibits a heightened awareness to morality—to rules of responsibility and conscience—as a foil to rational calculations of virtue. through offering units of propositions and questions that remove darkness from narratives of political occasions, this booklet is helping someone attracted to struggles for energy comprehend politics and political leaders of their personal and in different cultures. the strategy can be utilized to make experience of energy struggles in peasant villages, electoral and presidential maneuvering within the usa, the confusions of post-Soviet jap Europe, or Gandhi's morality deployed as a weapon to force the British out of India.

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Upstart" is a general category that applies across different societies and cultures: It denotes persons who usurp the privileges of a rank or status. The word carries with, it the suggestion that other people will try to put upstarts back in their places. Once the idea of upstart is stripped of its specifics—once Tuta and the ethnographic particulars of Indian village life and the caste system are left behind— the notion becomes a tool for investigations elsewhere. In other words, it becomes a question that one can ask of any political situation.

Intuition is the absence of reasoning. In the case of leaders it is more than that; it is defiance of reason, a readiness to gamble against the odds, and the more often the gambles come off, the more the leader gets a reputation for political skill—doing things effectively without being able to explain, in scientific terms, why they succeeded. "2 Ignoring facts in practice usually also means ignoring advice. Every leader has advisers at his side, sometimes there by statute, the leader being legally required to get their consent before his decisions are put into effect, and sometimes members of his "kitchen cabinet"—unofficial consultants, usually old friends and companions, and generally believed to have more clout than the official advisers.

I will set out my position by means of examples, and then touch on the methodological and supposedly moral issues that underlie the universals/relarivism debates and are said to invalidate the method of comparison. Being reminded of Tuta's misery by the Willie Morton message was not the only time that my observations in one culture associated themselves with incidents in another. Often the comparative revela- THE IOOLB ox 19 tion came the other way round and I was struck by differences before I thought about similarities.

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