June 8, 1963
What's the Greatest
Business in the World?
by Dallas Tueller PhD, Contributor
FRESNO STATE -- War is
the greatest wrecking business in the world. There is no need to
elaborate on the bloodiness of modern wars. The War Department estimates
indicate that 45% of the 65 million men mobilized by the U.S and
its allies in World War I were killed or wounded.
Estimates of the direct and indirect costs
of the War range to $600 Trillion-or an average cost of between
$125 and $300 for every man, woman, and child in the world. Only
twenty years after that carnival of destruction, the world again
embarked upon a still greater cataclysm.
The basic principles of wa rin modern times
like these are: (1) all politics are subservient to military interests,
(2) the war is an ened in iteself (3) the war is only a means to
other ends (4) the war and military power are to be used to maintain
in power a reactionary social and political system.
Emotions may be so stimulated and developed
that love of country and loyalty to the ntion are made to override
loyalties to the family, school, church, and othert social institutions.
On the whole, the popular masses have little
to do with the propagation of nationalism except as carriers and
transmitters of ideas that originate elsewhere. Reason and will
should be organized against those who profit from stimulating national
Note: Dallas Tueller PhD (Stanford) is a PoliSci professor at Fresno
State. He joined the faculty in 1946. He was a high school Civics
teacher in Palo Alto before coming to Fresno State College.]
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