“It’s better not to argue with women,” Putin began, on a high note. “But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”
Boundaries are set by the powerful, which is why they are by definition transgressed by the less powerful. When two opponents have decided to play the same game, they agree on boundaries and then fight for dominance, as in an old-fashioned duel. They are not “fighting”, they are playing.
If one of them then pulls out an unapproved weapon, such as a gun at a swordfight, it is because of his weakness. Yet, he would win anyway. So began the history of anarchy.
This is what the gun has done for human society: it lets the weak win. If both contestants have guns, the most deceptive, or the fastest, or the most technologically advanced wins, rather than the “strongest”. Then we have to redefine what it means to be weak.