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There Are Men To Wake Up, Wars To End

aleXander hirka
9 min readNov 4, 2022


Toys for sale at a Sixth Avenue Street Fair — October 2022 — photo: AleXander Hirka



“As of 2021, There are 3,970,238,390 males in the world, representing 50.42% of the world population. The population of females in the world is estimated at 3,904,727,342 representing 49.58% of the world population. “
World Sex Ratio (2021)


The dictionary states:
“A state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state.”

Far more accurate was Major General Smedley Butler in 1932:
—“War is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”



aleXander hirka

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe.