There Are Better Ways to Grow Economies Than Going to War

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Many people believe that the answer to economic woes is to go to war. (Image: Kianlin via Dreamstime)

Many people believe that the answer to economic woes is to go to war. However, is this the case? Wars cost money, and they don’t always result in more robust economies. Instead, many times, they result in weaker economies.

“A haircut through war will not solve the world’s economic problems,” said economic analyst David P. Goldman. “The root causes of these problems are much deeper than that and require a different solution.”

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So what is the solution to our economic woes? According to Goldman, it is “to address the root causes of our economic problems: colonialist and capitalist ideologies.” In other words, we need to change the way we think about economics to fix the problems we’re currently facing.

To achieve natural economic justice globally, we must work to change these systems and create new ones based on solidarity and cooperation. Only then will our economies be genuinely sustainable.

A cycle of poverty

Wealthy countries in the West have been taking advantage of the poorer nations for centuries, which has resulted in a cycle of poverty that is now global. This is often because Western countries have been exploiting the natural resources and cheap labor of poorer countries, while also imposing their values on these nations.

There are some ways in which this cycle of poverty can be broken, but it will require a concerted effort from both developed and developing nations.

Economies should work for everyone, not just the well-off countries.
Developed countries need to provide more aid and assistance to developing countries in areas such as sustainable agriculture. (Image: Arrowsmith2 via Dreamstime)

An investment of time and resources

Developed countries need to help developing countries build their capacity to develop their economies and improve their standard of living. This will require a significant investment of time and resources, but it is essential if we want to create a more equitable and sustainable world. This could be done through foreign aid, trade agreements, investments in infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, and education.

In addition, developed countries could take steps to reduce their levels of inequality. This could involve increasing taxes on the very wealthy, providing more social welfare benefits for the poor and middle class, and ensuring a livable wage.

A haircut or lowering of the amount of money owed to creditors will not magically fix the world’s economic problems. Instead, we need to take a holistic approach to improve the financial situation for all. This means creating jobs, encouraging entrepreneurship, and promoting innovation. We also need to ensure that our governments are working efficiently and effectively.

Only by taking all of these factors into account will we be able to create an economy that works for everyone. Ultimately, addressing global inequality will require a multi-faceted approach involving developed and developing countries. To achieve an equal world requires taking action on all fronts.

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Investments in education can have a significant impact on developing countries. (Image: Djembe via Dreamstime)

The way we think about economics needs to change

What is needed is a fundamental change in the way we think about economics, and that can only come through education and understanding.

The way we think about economics needs to change. But first, we need to educate ourselves and others on how economies work. Only then can we make the necessary changes to create a better system that works for everyone, not just the 1 percent.

It’s time for a new economic system, one that is based on cooperation, not competition; on abundance, not scarcity; and on giving, not taking. It’s time to create an economy that works for all of us, not just a few.

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