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Argument: Capitalism Necessitates War for Profit

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In What is Anarchism Alexander Berkman spoke of "the capitalistic interests of the various countries fight[ing] for the foreign markets and compete with each other there" and when they "get into trouble about concessions and sources of profit," they "call upon their respective governments to defend their interests . . . to protect the privileges and dividends of some . . . capitalist in a foreign country." According to an article from create real democracy there are 6 ways that corporations profit from war: control of strategic resources, building weapons, waging wars, reconstruction, debt and privatisation/corporatisation of the conquered nation. A partial list of comapnies that profit from war can be found here, and information on 2 recent examples, Iraq and the Congo can be found at these links - Iraq: an overview and links to reports can be found here - The Congo: a recent report on how British corporations are fuelling (and profiting from) the War in the DRC can be found here. See Servants of War: Private Military Corporations and the Profit of Conflict by Rolf Uesseler and see the campaign about Corporations and Conflict by the charity War on Want for more details. For analysis of the Military Industrial Complex and it's necessity for profit see Addicted to War by Joel Andreas, War On Terror Inc. by Solomon Hughes, and see information sporadically placed across certain sections in a few Noam Chomsky books (Year 501: The Conquest Continues, World Orders Old And New, Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and the Global Order and Deterring Democracy). See also the 11 part series on the business of war by the centre for public integrity - found here. The size that the military industrial complex on the economy of the US is so large that since 2006 over $887 billion ($889,918,604,053) worth of contracts have been handed out, all of which lead to vast profits for US based corporations (see [1]).

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