Cost to build the Death Star? (About 1.3 million times the world’s GDP)

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Kevin Drum estimates that the Death Star would have cost “about 1.3 million times the world’s GDP.” After calculating future GDP, he thinks it’s “totally worth it.” Seth Masket differs:

[J]ust as building a Death Star sent an important message to non-compliant planets, destroying a Death Star sent a powerful signal, as well. It was a huge public relations coup for the Rebellion. So the Death Star, while a devastating weapon, was also a tempting target. There were some basic conceptual design flaws (both versions were destroyed by a small smuggling ship and a handful of single-person fighters), but really, even if it had survived Yavin, it was doomed to spend much of its operational time fighting off attackers, simply by virtue of being such a big fat target.

Via The Daily Dish.

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