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Causes of War

The very nature of a large scale war basically necessitates a ready field for the expansion and empowerment of the central government. The aftermath of war usually creates a new shape for the state, one more often of ideologies and less personal freedoms than before. During the 20th century, wars were not fought for personal liberty and freedom, but rather to increase the role, scope, and power of the central governments waging them. The role of the state is almost an organizational residue of war. This is because to wage a war the central government becomes the most efficient and powerful machine of war, all manifested to promote collective action for the good of the state. While the tragic legacy of war is the destruction of persons and property, the lasting legacy represents this great force of collective actions that is organized when war ends “The legacies that do endure are the experience of the collective endeavor—newly forged channels of social cooperation—and the organizational residues of war, those political institutions forged to make possible its waging. Since full-scale industrialized war cannot possibly be fought by militia forces or in any decentralized manner, it invariably leads to the concentration of immense power in a central government” (Porter 192).

A state analysis of war also reminds us that the state, which is in power to keep the people in line by protecting the interests of all, is its people. War i


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