In the Long Run, Wars Make Us Safer and Richer

For untold decades, The Washington Post, has been the regime mouthpiece for the warfare-welfare State in the Imperial Capitol.  It has been the exemplar of duplicitous hubris and militaristic belligerence, the craven apologist for virtually any egregious violation of human rights and assault upon civil society. Their unspoken watchword or institutional mission statement has been “War is the health of the State.” But even The Post has truly outdone itself with publishing the following pedantic article exalting the mass murder of war, In the Long Run, Wars Make Us Safer and Richer,” by Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University. It is composed of one incredible fallacious statement after another, principally that of Bastiat’s renowned Broken Window fallacy, applied to the alleged beneficial nature of war. The title immediately reminds one of Keynes’ infamous philippic, “in the long run we are dead.”  My esteemed correspondent who informed me of this diatribe warned me not to read it on a full stomach. I pass this cautionary advice on to my LRC readership. For less sanguine and more penetrating examinations of the destructive nature of war, see this Amazon book list I prepared.


10:51 pm on May 11, 2015