The world has lived under arms since it has memory to remember or imagination to invent its past. Why should we moderns, or at any rate some of us, be so anxious to make it alter its ways? The question may at first sight appear idle. Yet there are at least two reasons why it should be answered. The first is that, despite appearances, most people don't seem convinced that disarmament is necessary; the second, that in the investigation of the motives for disarmament we may find higher necessities still and higher aims than the mere discarding of destructive weapons.
The existence of armaments in the world is a formidable loss and a formidable danger.
ARMAMENTS A LOSS
A rough and ready method of calculating the material loss involved in armaments is to add up the "defense" budgets of all the nations of the world. This sum amounts nowadays to about 3,856 million dollars. Yet, a figure in itself speaks less eloquently to the mind than a comparison of figures. Now, if the total obtained by adding up the "defense" budgets of all the . . .