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    Per Day Cost Of War Is Absolutely Amazing

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    Yeah, war costs soak up a lot of otherwise inflationary FRNs.

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    This is so much better than the bailouts.

    With the bailouts corporations nationalize their risks and privatize the profits. With petrodollar/oil/poppy wars, the Fed, the oil companies and Big Pharma get to nationalize their costs and privatize the profits.

    After all, if you want to pump oil, you have to gain access to the places where the oil is and keep your crews safe there. If you want to maintain the petrodollar, you have to do much the same thing. And if you want to grow poppies for your dozens of variants of morphine, you have to gain access to the one place on earth where the plant thrives, and keep your farmers safe. These are the costs of being in those businesses.

    War is corporate welfare. Nothing more. And certainly nothing less. Just like the bankster bailouts.
    Last edited by acptulsa; 01-13-2015 at 06:37 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    These days? That's always what has passed for conservatism.

    And exactly the same thing goes for (modern) liberalism, too.

    They just disagree about what should be forced upon whom.

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    U.S.A will go the way of U.S.S.R. Shortages in everything except warfare spending (where there is a HUGE surplus) killing the rest of the economy in the same way a tumor kills a person. The only reason it hasn't yet is because it is coming from the opposite direction that the U.S.S.R was coming from, to this point. From relatively free-markets to mixed markets. While the U.S.S.R was going from central planning to mixed-markets.

    Most mainstream economists believe that national defense is one of the areas of the economy that become more efficient if it is a monopoly controlled via the democratic process. They believe that the market fails in the case of national defense. I think this (and the Soviet Union's case) is evidence that they are wrong. Not that the market might fail, but that the democratic system is any more efficient. The market is quite clearly and obviously the most efficient system to determine the allocation of resources, to maximize utility, and to perform a multitude of other functions. And it so happens to also be the only morally sound way to do it if one believes in self-ownership.
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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Suzanimal again.

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    Anyway, if we evenly distributed that cost, it would be a little more than $1 dollar a day per the protection of each American. For the $390 per year it would cost to protect every individual in the U.S from these supposed enemies - one can arm every single American with a knife and a gun, and we are including children, handicapped, ill, elderly, and the other people unfit to fight in this estimate. Hell, for that cost we could have a whole arsenal for the actual number of people who would fight. I think that would be a better "national defense system" than what exists today. But apparently the market isn't efficient enough. The free-rider problem!! Right, because people are unable to see the long-term consequences, according to mainstream economics. There is no other way people would organize to fight or pay for those who fight than to force them to do so, they say.

    edit: I forgot to mention that is for one year! Over 13 years it would be $5070 / per American if we disregard population changes.
    Last edited by Quark; 01-13-2015 at 11:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green73 View Post

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Suzanimal again.
    She posts too much to be able to keep up

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    As many people get poorer, deader, and more injured from these wars, some people are getting filthy (literally) rich off of all this suffering.

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