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War, Children: It’s Just a Welfare Check Away

• http://original.antiwar.com, by Thomas Knapp
 

When pundits name-check “the welfare-warfare state,” we usually mean, and are usually understood to mean, something along the lines of “bread and circuses at home, military adventurism abroad.”

That’s as good a definition as any, I suppose, and certainly an accurate description of today’s global political environment, but it fails to really capture the nature of the post-WWII trend in U.S. politics.

In America, the “welfare”and “warfare” aspects of the state have, over that period, achieved a near-perfect merger. Rather than representing one side of two mutually reinforcing but nominally separate sets of policies, U.S. “defense” spending has become the single largest, and by far most redistributive, welfare program in the federal budget.

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