and societies make in allocating scarce resources is labeled 'guns or butter'. Few outside Switzerland and Costa Rica do without the former; people want to feel secure in their beds, as they say.
Here's an example of the latter, in a country that is trying to spend more on guns even as that route to security becomes more problematic, and where many lose sleep over lack of security in their lives.
Note the array of interactions complicating the modern operation of a transportation system that man has used for centuries.
Part of the equation is awareness of the fact that gun spending goes one way. Guns are bought, given to the troops, and then sit in the armory waiting to kill 'all enemies, foreign and domestic'.
Butter is sold to the people, who eat it to stay alive and go to work to produce other goods and services that their country needs to prosper. A two-way trip.
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