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"America's agricultural output, which then and now, was the primary source of America's economic strength"

I think that's not correct.

Sectors by percentage of the US GDP: agriculture: 1.2%, industry: 22.1%, services: 76.7%

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_United_States

Arms and weapons alone (one of the main perceived sources of "America's economic strength" abroad, along with intellectual property and others) make more than that (sources estimate between 1% and 4% of the US GDP).

http://www.stanford.edu/class/e297a/U.S.%20Defense%20Industr...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry




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