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Why are we not talking about this more?

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|Peter Boettke| The other day in lecturing to undergrad class I made a mistake only foolish old professors make. Discussing the Soviet experience, I said to the class ‘How old were you in 1989?’  Of course, they looked at me with puzzled looks.  ‘I wasn’t born yet’, one pointed out.  Right!  My son Matthew was born in 1988, and he is 31, what was I thinking?! But boy those decades have flown by. Still scrambling to get my bearings, I asked a follow up, ok, how old where you when 9/11 happened?  2-3-4 years old the answers came back.  And then two realities hit me. These kids have no living memory of communism, and their entire lives the US has been at war.  We are living in a permanent war economy with all the distortions and dysfunctions that follow.  For the first time in US

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The other day in lecturing to undergrad class I made a mistake only foolish old professors make. Discussing the Soviet experience, I said to the class ‘How old were you in 1989?’  Of course, they looked at me with puzzled looks.  ‘I wasn’t born yet’, one pointed out.  Right!  My son Matthew was born in 1988, and he is 31, what was I thinking?!

But boy those decades have flown by. Still scrambling to get my bearings, I asked a follow up, ok, how old where you when 9/11 happened?  2-3-4 years old the answers came back.  And then two realities hit me. These kids have no living memory of communism, and their entire lives the US has been at war.  We are living in a permanent war economy with all the distortions and dysfunctions that follow. 

For the first time in US history it has been reported in military news as well as on Buzzfeed, there are soldiers fighting a war that started before they were born.  WHY is this not front page news everyday?  WHY are there not protest marches in DC to demand an end to violence and destruction and death?  WHY have ‘we’ become so accustomed to war at a distance that it just fades into the background of our collective conscience?

These questions are vexing. Readers should spend time looking at the Costs of War Project at Brown. And, readers should spend as much time as they can reading the powerful work of CHRIS COYNE, who has done more than any other thinker in economics and political economy to explain the futility and horror of these US led military adventures. His work lays out clearly the consequences both foreign and domestic, and I should add the true costs monetarily, politically, and spiritually. If you think a generation can grow up in a permanent war economy and have it have no deleterious consequences on their material opportunities, their political sensibilities, their civil liberties, and their psychological dispositions THINK AGAIN.

We need to be talking about this.  Lets get this conversation started. 

Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

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