RE: [OPE] Studying unproductive labor: CEPR report

From: Paul Cockshott (
Date: Sat Mar 01 2008 - 15:38:57 EST

 After all, if there weren't economic benefits for capitalist nations going to war then there would be less wars! If what you were saying was correct, then all 'rational' capitalist societies would disarm. This highlights the importance of contextualizing this question: what might be the case for an abstract closed economy is not necessarily the case for a real capitalist economy in the context of a particular historical moment in time.

Paul C
Is this not just the classic prisoner's dilema?

Ford and Kellog certainly thought that 'rational' capitalist societies would disarm. The bourgeoisies of France
and Germany came to the same conclusion circa 1950.

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