Friday, September 30, 2005

An intriguing realisation

I've had the pieces of this in my head for a long time, but fragmented. Only now do I realise the effectiveness and simplicity of it all.

Growth needs resources to feed on - cheap labour to exploit, and steady demand in one way or another. What's the quickest way to create both a cheap source of labour, and a large demand for essentials?

Why, war, of course!

Creating a psychological demand for luxuries requires work, which is why, perhaps, it's only essential for places where creating a war is (currently) out of the question. Everywhere else, destruction breeds desire.

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