the line you are trying to draw between “government spending” (war) and “individual spending” (laptops, sandals) just isn’t real. Rich people give money to pro-war think tanks ALL THE TIME. Rich people who could choose to divest, instead choose to remain involved in the founding, ownership, and management of “defence” (sic) industry companies which can only exist as a result of the perpetual war economy. There’s overwhelming evidence in America at least that what *actually happens* in politics is a reflection of the preferences of the wealthy rather than the preferences of the population as a whole — whether you’re talking about economic or social policy, and no matter which party is in power. Government in America is a SUBSET of individual spending — primarily the individual preferences of the wealthy.