The Value of War

 
Value Initial

Positive

Initial

Negative

Further

Positive

Further

Negative

Biological checks human

population
 
 
 
 

genetically

superior

survive

only 2% of the

population

killed in World

Wars I and II

more genetic

improvement

by food, 

hygiene, 

medicine

byserves to

reduce the

number of

non-whites

impels people

to adapt

nuclear war

would destroy,

not control,

population

negative, not

positive, eu-

genics

Technological stimulates

change
 
 
 
 
 
 

progress 

requires

challenge

and being

efficient

technological

progress is as

great during

peace
 
 

re-prioritizing

$ as = benefit;

changes are 

slower without

war, but not

its destruction

stimulates 

production of

war games 

and toys
 
 

kids develop

hand/eye co-

ordination

nuclear from

computer

errors and

launch on

warning

inverse

relation on

R & D $ for

civilian vs

military tech.

Economic war 

promotes

prosperity
 
 
 
 
 
 

peace time

spending

on defense 

is good

for employ-

ment and 

economy

perpetuate 

military/

industrial

complex

depends on

war being 

fought on

other's soil
 
 
 
 

increases debt

and stimulates

only certain

sectors
 
 
 
 

re-directs

social 

spending

and lessens

productivity

serves the

economic

interest of 

powerful
 
 
 
 

rich get

richer

capitalism and

socialism in-

distinguish-able

in ash heaps of

nuclear war

when you're

dead, you're 

dead

Psychological provides 

indivi-

duals with a

sense of

significance
 

builds 

social 

cohesion;

feeling of

belonging

ignores other

alternatives, 

such as moral

equivalent of

war (James)
 

improve

society

feel superior

and gives lift
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

the high of

domination

before nuclear

war:

psychological 

numbing
 
 
 

after nuclear

war:

death in life

Social war 

provides

for social

evolution

(survival of

the fittest)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

war 

promotes 

social 

cohesion

(re-directs

hostility 

from

inside 

toward

external 

threat

technological

superiority

does not prove 

social/

cultural

superiority

rather, a

rationale for

exploitation
 

war is but one

outlet for

cohesion (cf.

sports)

fun and

entertaining
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

travel and

cross-cultural

exposure

in nuclear war,

ICBMs, not 

people, travel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hugo was no

picnic

Moral eliminate

injustice of 

gov't

that 

maintains

injustice
 

threat of 

war  can

deter other

countries from

being more

oppressive

may fail and 

make gov't

even more

oppressive
 
 
 
 
 

if gov'ts were

less tyrannical

and allowed

peaceful

change, there

would be no

need for war

salvation nuclear war =

annihilation

Political serves 

political

ends

diplomacy maintains

peace

politics is war

by other means,

but not in the

nuclear age