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Bubbling up through the forces that bring us to war is the stupid and shameful myth that it is good for the economy. While war does line the pockets of a few industrialist and businessmen the cost is great and outweigh the benefits. War brings about the wrong kind of economic growth and such spending quickly creates a wall of debt. While those who benefit from the production of weapons busy themselves with promoting war as a solution to our woes as an answer warfare often fails to be either easy, swift, or true. For proof, we need only look upon the millions of people displaced and forced to flee war-torn areas, these refugees often pay the price for the billions of dollars of military hardware produced at a profit and pumped into countries across the world.
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The crash in 1929 and the Great Depression that spread across the world created an environment where Hitler was able to become Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Under his leadership the Minister of Economics introduced the Mefo bills (Government IOUs) that existed alongside the Reichmark, industries were allowed to trade these bills among themselves. This was a scheme that allowed Germany to rearm by creating a huge off the book deficit and massive national debt. As a result, employment soared and wages rose. The part of this story many people forget is the prosperity was false and temporary. The fast growth only masked real problems within the economy and resulted in rationing and shortages in things like poultry, fruit, and even clothing for many of the people.
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The sad reality we face is that plans have been made that move us solidly in the direction of "automating war." The development of drones and killer robots is well under way and will massively change warfare and take mankind'' savagery to a new level. Seriously, are we to be impressed and inspired at the profits made from rebuilding cities and countries destroyed and devastated by war? This is akin to the broken window economic model where we celebrate and break windows thrilled because we are creating jobs employing those making glass as well as those that install it. Let us not forget America was broke and bankrupt at the end of World War II. If memory serves me correctly Vietnam and our outing in the Mideast have also come at great cost. This leaves me unenthusiastic whenever I hear warmongers and greedy investors urging war as a cure-all.
Footnote; The two articles below were referenced for this piece.