Saturday, 26 September 2015

Preparedness makes us powerful

Prodigy - Voodoo People

"Prodigy's 1997 album The Fat Of The Land has the following text on the fold-out booklet: 

"We have no butter, but I ask you
Would you rather have butter or guns?
Shall we import lard or steel? Let me tell you
Preparedness makes us powerful.
Butter merely makes us fat"

"In macroeconomics, the guns versus butter model is an example of a simple production–possibility frontier. It demonstrates the relationship between a nation's investment in defense and civilian goods."

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live?
— Speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors "The Chance for Peace" (16 April 1953)
Source : Wikipedia