The Last Word

(Canscene) — From Norman Cousins’ The Improbable Triumvirate

The making of moral judgments is not a natural function of sovereign national states. Yet progress and indeed survival depend ultimately on the ability of society to make moral judgments. The same society or government that has developed abstract ideas of justice within its own jurisdiction does not accept moral law as a primary factor or obligation as a governing principle in its world policy…….

Military power becomes political power not solely because of maneuvering inside government but because the society itself tends to metabolize military power on the economic level. The biggest impetus for large military spending programs in the US has come not just from industrial military contractors but from men and women who feared they would lose their jobs.

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