Nitzan, Jonathan and Bichler, Shimshon (2006): Cheap wars. Published in: The Economy of the Occupation. A Socioeconomic Bulletin No. 10 (September 2006): pp. 1-32.
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The new conflicts of the twenty-first century – the 'infinite wars,' the 'clashes of civilization,' the 'new crusades' – are fundamentally different from the mass wars and statist military conflicts that characterized capitalism from the nineteenth century until the end of the Cold War. The novelty lies not so much in the military nature of the conflicts, as in the broader role that war now plays in capitalism.