2 comments on “Defense Marketing

  1. I think you’re spot on in your analysis. Ironically, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about the coming of the military industrial complex decades ago, but no one seemed to listen. I’ve always found it funny that America has somehow become synonymous with a massive military budget, when up until the Second World War, our Army was 17th in size globally, directly behind Romania. What’s more, our founders were absolutely against the idea of a standing, army. Jefferson thought that the only thing worse than a standing army would be a central bank. Anyway, I understand the need for defense, but our defense budget has grown so grossly our of proportion to the rest of the budget as our infrastructure crumbles and our schools lag, that I think it’s time we seriously re-evaluated out priorities.

    • I agree and it really leads to a bigger question that may be impossible to answer but is certainly worth thinking about: how much is too much when it comes to military spending? We really have no form of measurement to say this is too much or this is not enough other than defense hawks saying we just need more regardless of the threat. Even looking at percent of GDP doesn’t necessarily work because it also has to be measured against the threat, which is essentially impossible to do without accurate information. But the idea we still need Cold War levels of spending to fight pretty much anyone should obviously be put to rest at this point.

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