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The use of war as metaphor is a literary trope of long-standing. An example is the Culture War in the United States. In Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson describe Jimmy Carter's application of "war" as metaphor for the energy crisis of 1974.
In discussing the morality of the use of war as a metaphor, James Childress epitomized the dilemma: "In debating social policy through the language of war, we often forget the moral reality of war.
- Steinert, Heinz 2003. "The Indispensable Metaphor of War: On Populist Politics and the Contradictions of the State's Monopoly of Force", Theoretical Criminology 7.3 (2003) pp 265-291
- Thomas, Ruth P. 1984 . "War as metaphor in La Princesse de Montpensier", Forum for Modern Language Studies 20.4 pp 323-332] Use in Mme de La Fayette's seventeenth-century classic.