Jobs And War
Territorial sovereignty societies divide the human race into classes. One class, called ‘the working class,’ does not have any significant source of income other than their wage earnings.
This is not a characteristic of all possible societies. Natural law societies, for example, divide the wealth that flows from the world differently. (Since no one owns the world, no one owns the things it produces. The people have meetings and make joint decisions about what to do with this wealth. Of course, they reward people who do ‘jobs’ that benefit everyone, to encourage people to do these jobs. But they do not divide their people into ‘classes’ and require one class to work to avoid death for themselves and their families.)
Unfortunately, quite often there just aren’t enough jobs for all of the people who need jobs. This leaves people ‘unemployed.’ If unemployment increases beyond a certain level, the economy collapses.
The people who run the societies we inherited know this. The people who work for a living—estimated to be more than 90% of the global population—know it too. Wars create more jobs than any other human activity. In fact, we don’t need a ‘hot’ war for this: anything that increases military tensions drives up demand for things that would otherwise not be needed. (The global military industrial complex employs more people on earth than any other industry.)
Politicians running for office know they can get votes if they can show they are aggressive and will take actions that will drive up tensions between countries.
If we want to create a society that can function without war, we need to understand these things. We must know how to build such a society and make plans to move toward it. In the meantime, while we are in transition, we need to understand the forces the push toward war and mitigate them as much as possible, so that we can prevent the destruction of our world, from war, long enough to get to a sound society.