War can really cause no economic boom

“War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings. The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera improves the business of physicians, pharmacists and undertakers; but no one for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest.

War can really cause no economic boom, since an increase in wealth never does result from the destruction of goods.”

— Ludwig von Mises, Nation, State and Economy

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