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 9: Further thoughts

Imad A. Moosa


The only victors in a war are war profiteers. Serval explanations, hypotheses and theories of war have been put forward, but all of them have an economic dimension. War may occur when a rising power challenges the incumbent hegemon, a proposition that is known as the Thucydides Trap. Some observers believe that this proposition is valid for the current state of the world to the extent that China and the United States could end up trapped by war, which is exactly what happened when Germany challenged the hegemony of Britain in the run-up to World War I. Some scholars believe that the Roman Empire collapsed for three reasons that are applicable to the current American Empire: overstretched and overconfident military, the loss of morality and fiscal profligacy.

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