in response to comments yesterday
The Sheathed Sword
Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.
skipping ahead . . .
Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.
This indeed is part of the battle – convince the 48% of the producers – “the payer vote” – that the battle for ideas is over!
But, the battle isn’t over as long as your voice is also heard among the land.