Origins of war in the context of international trade: Ian Buckley - 2013

Drawing on the observations and wise counsel of Eighteenth Century Scottish economist philosopher Adam Smith and others, MAPW member Dr Ian Buckley argues in a 22 page essay that the origins of war in the modern world are to be found in the government-sanctioned exploitative and aggressive style we have adopted in the conduct of international trade, and rues the missed opportunity for trade to be a source of mutual benefit and peace between nations. He uses WW1 as an extreme example of what can go wrong and also relates his thesis to the contemporary globalised economy and associated contemporary conflicts.