Had a thought on the way to work this morning — in a democratic country with an essentially capitalistic economy, war instincts are sublimated to other kinds of survival efforts, like making money. If this is true, democracies are healthy things.
Or to reverse it…
…war springs up when there aren’t enough opportunities for making money. Money is a barter token, so by money I mean increase and transfer of value, which enhances survival and comfort.
Probably someone has thought of this before. But this morning was the first time I saw how clearly violence, from personal all the way up to war, is related to narrow opportunities for survival and comfort.
The way I like to think of it is this: democratic capitalism is war of another kind.