ATRIOTISM is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
Guy de Maupassant
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
see also Punishment, Capital pacifist, peace, poetry, politics, power,
PRICES: which usually do not reflect pesky indirect costs. Take for example. the trees in the Yangtze River basin -- they are 3 times more valuable as flood control than the wealth/income their lumber would generate...not unlike Enron: "we focus on key economic indicators like economic growth and the increase in international trade and investment, and the situation looks good. But if we incorporate all the indirect costs that the market omits when setting prices, a very different picture emerges."
Lester Brown, Plan B 3.0 page 8.
see also VALUE