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Why Can’t People Understand That War Always Destroys Wealth And Liberty?

{Editor’s Note: This is the 19th installment of a series of articles attempting to address the 32 questions posed by Ron Paul in his recent farewell speech given in front of Congress. Check out the previous installment, “Why Do So Many Accept That Government Can Protect Us From Ourselves Without Totally Destroying Liberty?”}

Governments are obsessed with war and the United States, unfortunately, is not an exception. The frequency in which the United States government calls on the military to intervene in the internal affairs of sovereign nations has desensitized Americans to the horrors of war. Excluding active military and veterans, the majority of the populace does not respect the death, destruction, and human suffering resulting from war. American children that turned 11 in October 2012 have not lived a day on this earth without their government waging war. Appropriately, this age group one day could be referred to as “Generation War”.

In today’s society, staying current with the status of current military conflicts requires scouring the internet for news and updates, because the “watch dog” media rarely weighs in on the subject. For this reason too many individuals forget that American troops are still being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Children is America are not constantly reminded that their government is at war, but you can be sure that children in Iraq and Afghanistan are reminded daily of the hardships caused by war.

The attached chart, compiled by the National Priorities Project, shows the amount of money spent by our government on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 2001. The total cost of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, through September 30, 2012, totals $1.38 trillion. The Iraq war accounts for $807.4 billion and Afghanistan represents $570.9 million spent. All of this money is coerced from citizens of this country through taxation, deficit financing, or monetization of debt. The state, with a helping hand from the media, has convinced the people war is not only necessary, but protects liberty and generates wealth. This could not be further from the truth.

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But what about jobs!!!!

So many people are employed by the military industrial complex, that I have actually heard this argument about the jobs that would be lost. But can you imagine $1.38 T placed back in the hands of the private sector? We would probably have flying cars by now. Even if you are a statist, you have to agree that the money could have been stolen for much better reasons.

Some Mises?

"The market economy involves peaceful cooperation. It bursts asunder when the citizens turn into warriors and, instead of exchanging commodities and services, fight one another."

"What the incompatibility of war and capitalism really means is that war and high civilization are incompatible."

"Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things. Only economic action has created the wealth around us; labor, not the profession of arms, brings happiness. Peace builds, war destroys."

"Only in the case of primitive peoples does war lead to the selection of the stronger and more gifted, and that among civilized peoples it leads to a deterioration of the race by unfavorable selection."

"Interventionism generates economic nationalism, and economic nationalism generates bellicosity. If men and commodities are prevented from crossing the borderlines, why should not the armies try to pave the way for them?"

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

What if the US reported Net National Production?

What if the US reported Net Domestic Production? NDP?

  • NDP: Net domestic product is defined as “gross domestic product (GDP) minus depreciation of capital”,[7]
  • Minus spoilage of war?
  • Minus disappearing buildings?
  • Minus disappearing planes?
  • Minus disappearing Pentagon funds?
  • Negative Net?

What if the US reported Net National Production? NNP?

NNP: Net national product is defined as “gross national product (GDP) minus depreciation of capital”[7]

  • Negative Net?

GDP: summation of annual US spending domestically.

GNP: summation of annual US Spending nationally.
The debtors' merry-go-round Sep 19th 2012, by The Economist online

Interactive overview of debt in the world's biggest [Debtor Nation] economies. Pay me later; or pay me much later.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


ought to wake them up!


His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

War is the health of the State - Randolph Bourne (1918)

It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate co-operation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties, the minorities are either intimidated into silence or brought slowly around by a subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them to really converting them.


WAR! Vanquishes losers. Impoverishes victors. - Monopoly Man

What is the net of War? Extremely negative. Let us ignore most facts in this cold blooded affair. Let us count only production & revenue!

If there is any profit to be had, let the games begin! - Monopoly Man & his minions

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I often forget

I forget how widely all war is generally considered acceptable across most of the population. Stepping outside my libertarian bubble can be scary sometimes.

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*


Yet it just keeps going on