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War is exciting, peace is boring: George H.W. Bush

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A very interesting comment in The Intercept by Jon Schwarz. He concludes:

It’s all just further proof that Adam Smith was right was he wrote this in The Wealth of Nations 239 years ago:

In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them, scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. … They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory from a longer continuance of the war.

Regular people hate war, because they pay the price. But powerful people love it. That’s why there’s so much.

Read the whole thing, which shows an application of the principle.

Written by LeisureGuy

5 November 2015 at 4:21 pm

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