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Posted October 6, 2010 at 11:50 AM via web

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Why does Goldstein say that, although the superpowers talk about total victory, no power believes it is possible or even desirable?

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mindysaywhat | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM (Answer #1)

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The war is simply a fact of life that enables the ruling party to keep the masses ignorant. This brings a new meaning to the words "War is Peace" 

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Goldstein makes the argument that the superpowers are more interested in control than in power.  For Goldstein, the purpose of "is to use the surplus of consumer products without raising the standard of living for everyone."  This motiveless notion of war is one in which the desire for control is the only element that matters to those in the position of power.  War is not fought for anything other than control and the consolidation of power.  For Goldstein, victory means that war is over.  In its absence, power dissipates.  Goldstein recognizes that "war is the health of the state."  

Goldstein's primary purpose to discuss how the superpowers fail to acknowledge the possibility and realistic element of peace is meant to indicate how war is a construction of power.  It is not for national security as much as it is an understanding in which those in the position of power see war as a way to continue and advance their claims on power.  With war as an exercise for power, the notion of victory is not the most important, reflecting the futility intrinsic to it.

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