Paul Lachine

战争、债务和民主

纽约——

美国考虑提高自己设定的债务上限,由是我们可以好好想想为何美国的公债水平会如此之高,以及这样的公债水平意味着什么。随着茶党的崛起,共和党可能会强力反对提高债务上限,但最后他们会妥协,因为,且不说其他因素,用债务融资的战争(比如阿富汗战争和伊拉克战争)要比现收现付的战争(选民用税金支持战争)更能令人接受。

事实上,美国在债务上的激烈争论反映了一条普遍真理:自古以来,战争就是一柄双刃剑。人类社会的互相杀戮和蹂躏比最险恶的自然灾害还要令人发指。但战争也有有利的一面,因为在打仗在使人口流动起来的同时也政治流动了起来。

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