3 Types of Conquest
Most common is conquest by WAR:
In time, though, this method usually fails, because the captives hate the captors and rise up and drive them out if they can. Much force is needed to maintain control, making it expensive for the conquering nation.
Second is by RELIGION:
where men are convinced they must give their captors part of their earnings as "obedience to god." such a captivity is vulnerable to philosophical exposure or by overthrow by armed force, since religion by its nature lacks military force to regain control, once its captives become "disillusioned".
Third is ECONOMIC conquest:
It takes place when nations are placed under "tribute" without the use of visible force or coercion, so that the victims do not realize they have been conquered. "Tribute" is collected from them in the form of "legal" debts and taxes, and they believe they are paying it for their own good, for the good of others, or to protect all from some enemy. Their captors become their "benefactors" and "protectors".
Although this is the slowest to impose, it is often quite long lasting, as the captives do not see any military force arrayed against them, their religion is left more or less intact, they have freedom to speak and travel, and they participate in "elections" for their rulers. Without realizing it, they are conquered, and the instruments of their own society are used to transfer their wealth to their captors and make the conquest complete.
It has been said that there are 3 types of people:
1. Those who make things happen
2. Those who watch things happen
3. Those who wonder what happened.
The majority of mankind is type 2 & 3
Most have "eyes to see" but don't "see" what is happening.
Most have "ears that hear" but don't "understand" what is happening