To explain how peace can be more readily achieved requires an understanding of the causes of war. What is the relevance of the thoughts of others, many of them living far in the past, to the pressing and awful problems of the present? (pg 2) Why does god, if he is all-knowing and all-powerful, permit the existence of evil? (pg 3) (theodicy problem) there is always some kind of rationalization behind the beginning of every conflict. Good states don"t start wars, but bad states do. Rousseau himself finds the major causes of war neither in men nor in states but in the state system itself. (pg 6) people don"t act unless they have some type of assurance. The constant interest of people is in peace; no government controlled by the people will fight unless set upon. (pg 8) should one aid others in political regeneration.