Rapacious Victor

Why the poor are ignored has to do with the characteristics and aims of all modern states that are modelled on the European pattern. They are primed for war and economic growth. Growth leads to material power, not necessarily to desirable development. An economy rooted in agriculture can assure everyone a decent life, but it will not support a rapacious victor, especially in a world where international tension is being continually ratcheted up by the growing availability and sophistication of lethal weaponry. After all, it takes sophisticated industry to win wars in modern times. Mere food supplies did not even win small battles in the days of Alexander.

Himal

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~ by Jay Taber on December 8, 2007.

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