Military spending

It works to keep the middle class small and vulnerable. Military spending is a way to use labor value without producing any real wealth. If labor is used to produce durables and consumables these products  puts pressure on the distribution of wealth. The trick is to use up labor while increasing the general wealth as little as possible.  As Orwell writes in 1984
     ” The essential act of war is destruction , not necessarily of human lives , but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces , or pouring in the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea , materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence too intelligent. Even weapons of war are not actually destroyed , their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labor power without producing anything that can be consumed.
War , it will be seen , not only accomplishes the necessary destruction, but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way. In principle it would be quite simple waste the surplus labor of the world by digging holes and filling them up again, or even by producing vast quantities of goods and then setting fire to them. But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society.”
 Every time you argue that military spending is a form of Keynesian stimulus you are engaged in the accepted goodthink of the propaganda machine.
Bob Zannelli

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Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.
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