"War & Domestic Conflicts – Economics & Costs"

War & Domestic Conflicts - Economics & Costs


Understanding the costs of war & conflicts in all their facets - waging war economically - controlling the size of the Military yet keeping it effective - considering costs of development vs. cost of domestic conflicts.

Quotations for consideration:

  • “War is not a word, it’s an acronym for ‘ Wasting Another’s Resources’” - Ramman Kenoun .
  • “No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.” - A. J. P. Taylor.
  • “Statism needs war; a free Country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free Country survives by producing.” - Ayn Rand .
  • “The opposite of war is not peace, it’s creation.” Jonathan Larson .
  • “Only the dead have seen the end of war. Make us poor and we war out of fury; make us rich and we war out of greed”. - George Santayana . (eg:- Pakistan & China respectively?)
  • “The value of a thing sometimes lies not in what one attains with it but in what one pays for it - what it costs us.” - Friedrich Nietzsche .
  • “The true wisdom of Sovereigns is to do good… A Sovereign pushed into war by his fiery ambition should be made to see all of the ghastly consequences for his subjects - the taxes which crush the people of a country, the levies which carry away its youth, the contagious diseases of which so many soldiers die miserably, the murderous sieges, the even more cruel battles, the maimed deprived of their sole means of subsistence, and the orphans… They sacrifice to their imperious passions the well being of an infinity of men whom they are duty bound to protect… the Princes who consider men their equals and in certain regards as their masters, are economists with their blood and misers with their lives.” - Frederick The Great (1752)

Key Concepts:

  • “Wars are not paid for in war time, the bill comes later.” - Benjamin Franklin .
  • “Probably no Nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. - Abraham Flexner .
  • “Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.” - A. Phillip Randolph .

The costs of War include much more than the actual expenditure during the War. The additional cost of upgrading the Military prior to the War and the costs of the effects of the War on the Military and Civilians and the Economy will be longer lasting and have to be considered.

  1. Costs of War:

The concept of war goes way beyond the actual engagement of troops in Combat. It has economic, social, psychological and political aspects that at different times assume varying degrees of importance. It is the nature and reach of these aspects that require careful consideration. The costs of war start with the continuous cost of training and maintenance of the standing Military at the desirable minimum level of preparedness and capability, for Defense and


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