The Economics of War
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The Economics of War

Profiteering, Militarism and Imperialism

Imad A. Moosa

Bad things occur and persist because of the presence of powerful beneficiaries. In this provocative and illuminating book, Imad Moosa illustrates the economic motivations behind the last 100 years of international conflict, citing the numerous powerful individual and corporate war profiteers that benefit from war.
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Chapter 3: War versus peace: The outcome of a binary process

Imad A. Moosa


It is possible to envisage a binary process that may lead to war or peace, depending on the prevalence of one state of the world or another. The factors that cause war and those that cause peace can be identified by contrasting two states of the world: statism versus capitalism, collectivism versus individualism, altruism versus egoism, mysticism versus rationality and evasion versus honesty. This list can be extended to include exceptionalism versus unexceptionalism, greed versus benevolence, nationalism versus humanism, capitalism versus egalitarianism, patriotism versus unpatriotism, dominance versus coexistence and the West versus the Rest.

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