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According to chapter 3 of Goldstein's book, why is war peace?

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By "war is peace," Goldstein means that endless, limited wars at the peripheries of the three superpowers keep the world a stable place for those in charge. According to Goldstein, these constant, limited, unneeded small wars ensure peace and power for the ruling elite.

First, they unify the people in hate against a common enemy. Rather than using their aggressions and energy to overthrow the totalitarian regime oppressing them, the masses project these emotions outward toward a common foe.

Second, wars eat up resources that might raise the standard of living for the average person. This increasing living standard would be unfortunate from the ruling class standpoint,...

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the government is able to convince people that “war is peace” by telling the people that having a common enemy helps keep the country together in many ways, but it was mostly because of the fact that since there is war, everyone will be afraid which will allow the government to control them easier resulting in peace.