Is war good for the economy?

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by Justin Raimondo

06/25/08

Somewhere, George Orwell isn’t smiling. He’d no doubt be appalled, and a little nonplused, by the accuracy of his speculations in Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, you’ll recall, the deliberate impoverishment of the ordinary ‘proles’ and the Outer Party types was a matter of INGSOC policy, a theme underscored by the general shabbiness of Orwell’s dystopia, what with the constant shortages and the way thing always seemed to be literally and physically falling apart. Particularly striking is the Orwellian presentiment that the world of the future is bound to be poorer and, simultaneously, engaged in constant warfare. This prediction seemed, for quite a while, to be one of the few he got wrong. Yet Orwell, it turns out, was right; it’s just that the productive power of capitalism in the U.S. was so great that it coasted along for a long time on sheer momentum...

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