The broken window fallacy (explained below) is one of the most important economic concepts anyone with even the slightest interest in politics and economics can understand.
War is the health of the State…in general, the nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war. Loyalty – or mystic devotion to the State – becomes the major imagined human value. Other values, such as artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed, and the significant classes who have constituted themselves the amateur agents of the State are engaged not only in sacrificing these values for themselves but in coercing all other persons into sacrificing them.
- Randolph Bourne, 1915
But there was no capacity to get the veterans in for treatment. No resources. Not a dime to spare.
The “winner” is Mao. Stalin and Hitler round out the top 3.
Afghanistan stinks. The death, despair, cronyism, corruption, the companies licking their chops over lithium and rare earths deposits, the endless funds which are printed here and flow through Kabul to God only knows where, the “heroin bomb” dropped on American cities. The country may look like heaven in places, but for America it has been hell.
Africa is a continent which doesn’t seem to get a break. Though almost no Americans know it “The Great African War” has raged for the past 15 years in the heart of Congo. It is estimated that 5.4 million people have died because of the war. But yet almost no one in this country knows about it.
If windmills kill eagles, the owners of those windmills should have to pay the fine everyone else has to. I actually don’t think anyone should have to pay a fine, but that is beside the point.*
“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary … These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution!” – Che Guevara
It’s good to be dictator (I guess, so long as one is alive). Since 1999 when Chavez took power he has taken a big pile of money for himself too.