Re: Greed

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Sun, 8 Feb 1998 13:37:40 -0800 (PST)

> Yes, ancient history can provide lots of such examples, but recent history
> shows that a society that's good only at making war is doomed, consider
> imperial Japan, Nazi Germany or the USSR. I think there are two reasons for
> the change.
> 1) When technology is primitive it's difficult to create wealth;
> the best way to get it is to steal it from somebody else who has
> fewer weapons than you do. Technology is no longer so primitive,
> wealth is not conserved it can be created, and there are easier
> ways to get power and money.
> 2) The power of offensive weapons has increased enormously while the
> increase in defensive weapons has been much more modest. War is
> no longer profitable.

An interesting factual tidbit to ponder: no two countries that
both have a Macdonald's franchise have ever gone to war against
each other.

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