So you think war can be eliminated?

Notes On Liberty

You might be one of those libertarians, or you belong to some other creed, who think war can be eliminated. For example through international trade, the better use of our ratio, or more influence for regular people on foreign policy decisions. In my own work I have tried to make clear all of these claims are false, and many related ones as well. This is all in the writings of Hume, Smith, Hayek or Rand. The base line is that in human nature reason cannot overcome the emotions, at least, not with all people, at all times. This means that conflict is one of the perpetual characteristics of human action, both in domestic and international settings.

In the unlikely case you do not want to take my word for it, read this book. Coker is a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing…

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2 Responses to So you think war can be eliminated?

  1. My goal is not the complete elimination of all conflict. But can we at least stop subsidizing it? Throwing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, or even trillions, into war-making, does not reduce conflict.

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