good question, smitty! you know, i’ve always–even as a grade schooler–self defined as a promoter of peaceful coexistence, but you have opened my eyes. ugh, peace! where’s the profit in that!? you know what? if it were not for war, so many of the wonderful technological conveniences we take for granted would not even exist. for instance consider something as simple canned fruits and vegetables. yep! the military of any expanding empire moves on its stomach and canning solves so many problems. “During the first years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a hefty cash award of 12,000 francs to any inventor who could devise a cheap and effective method of preserving large amounts of food.” so many other great time-saving inventions might not exist had war not required more effective killing tools. if whirlpool had not made its fortune in war manufacturing, we might not have state of the art washers and dryers. and think about the convenience of popping the evening meal in the microwave for a few minutes! without such great time savers how would modern day homemakers ever manage two part time jobs, keep the family fed AND get all the clothes clean in one evening?
“ugh war! what is it good for?” job creation that’s what! the automobile industry, the fossil fuel industry, lockhheed martin, boeing, raytheon and others might be forced to lay off thousands of employees. we might still be living in an agrarian society had not these great concerns brought people in droves out of the country side flocking into the cities for employment opportunities. as the song says “money makes the world go 'round!” a capitalistic system must always and continuously increase profits or atrophy. in order to accomplish this machines are built to handle the work of hundreds of humans. now, one operator and one maintenance man can do the work of hundreds. okay, that does create a system where we have way more job seekers than job openings. no problem! young job hunters can join the military, putting their lives on the line killing brown skinned people across the globe. sure that creates lots of displaced refugees, which in turn creates more openings for homeland security and the nsa! the dakota sioux, the people in flint michigan and all of us need to get our priorities straight! do we really want to sacrifice this booming economy for a slower paced sustainable ecology?