Is war necessary for progress?


Robert Pollin: It’s not war that creates technological development, it’s the state investment


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3 thoughts on “Is war necessary for progress?

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  3. I have to agree with Robert Pollin.

    History records numerous advances which were created or greatly and rapidly improved in order to facilitate a military advantage, not the least today’s familiar submarines and aircraft. Without war, profit centers utilize the government to protect their patents and impose other limitations to competition. Only when war is underway does the government overrule private ownership limitations, most notably during WWII when the Roosevelt Administration “coordinated” private patents in order to provide the best possible war machines. Once the war ended, many of these advances were applied to civilian purposes, their R&D having been paid for by the taxpayers in the name of the war effort.

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