feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the
capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs
fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to
revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war
upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another
and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords
and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell.
The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has
always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and
nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all
to lose-especially their lives."