A quote from the novel Malevil comes to mind:
Suddenly I realized something. What we were in the process of doing in Malevil, and quickly, very quickly now, since speed was the precondition of our survival now, was learning the art of war. The evidence was blindingly obvious. There was no longer any state to guard us. There was no order but our guns. And not only our guns, but our wiles. We, who at Easter, not so long ago, had no other concern but to win the Malejac local elections, were now in the process of inculcating in ourselves, one by one, the implacable laws of primitive warrior tribes.