[Marxism] Fwd: What Genghis Khan Could Teach Trump - The Daily Beast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 24 06:01:57 MST 2016

Genghis Khan never attacked without making clear to the enemy the 
reasons for the attack and the benefits they would have if they 
surrendered without fighting. While American presidents throw out a 
mystic fog of restoring democracy, respecting human rights, emancipating 
women, and building a new world order, Genghis Khan offered very 
specific benefits through his personal envoys and through messages 
attached to arrows shot into enemy cities. He outlawed the kidnapping 
and sale of women, ended taxes on religious institutions and public 
service occupations such as doctors and pharmacists, guaranteed 
religious freedom to every person, and always fulfilled his threat to 
execute any corrupt official or thief. If his enemies surrendered, there 
would be no increase in taxes and for many, especially merchants, a 
sharp decrease. He guaranteed the return of lost property, and he 
created as system of routes and bridges with caravan stations to 
facilitate travel and commerce. The consequences for refusal to 
surrender were the vague but ominous Mongol refrain, “the sky knows.”


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