Training distiguishes an army from an armed mob.

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) American general
“Annual Report of the Chief of Staff” (30 Jun 1934)
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  1. David Newman says:

    I would say leadership and discipline distinguishes an army from an armed mob. I can imagine a bunch of trained people without leaders or with leaders but without the discipline to follow them, and in both cases, I’d call that an armed mob rather than an army. Similarly, I can imagine a bunch of disciplined people with good leaders who would act like an army rather than like a mob. I also suspect that unless you have a rather unusual bunch of people in your group, it would usually require all three properties (training, leadership, and discipline) to act like an army rather than an armed mob.

  2. Dave says:

    @David Newman – A lot would depend on the context of the MacArthur quote. If already speaking of folks in the military, then, presumably, the leadership would be assumed.

    Discipline is, I would say, imposed by leaders through training. I wouldn’t make it a separate item.

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