Economics of a POW Camp

by Dual Income No Kids on March 16, 2010 · 1 comment

In case you were wondering…here is a write up of the some of the basic economics of a World War 2 era prisoner of war camp.

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1 Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

For a fictional version, I'd recommend James Clavell's *King Rat*, which is loosely based on his time in Japan's Singapore Changi POW camp (which is now, of course, the site of Singapore's airport).

According to interviews, Clavell's time in this camp– in which 15,000 Allied soliders entered, and 14,000 died– convinced him of the primacy of private enterprise and loyalty to small groups of compatriots. (Essentially, you might say, experience of the prison camp as "normality" turned him into a Randian).

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