Deceptively deep. I like the idea of everyone fighting in the streets every 3 years to keep the population down with the war having nothing to do with morals or ethics. Then they just went back to their lives. Its kind of a fresh (although very old) alternative to the sanctimonious genocide machine of the 21st. You can extrapolate his writing and apply it to modern American election cycles, especially after reading the second part with Hobbes. He has written at length previously about the public/private divide in Greek culture and how it has dissipated to the dismay of many.
Uses a deceptive amount of machismo kind of cloaked in sort of a sheep's clothing, like many of his other books. Despite all the negativity that could be drawn, I'd say the guy is certainly a believer.