Take for instance the current Middle-Eastern conflicts the U.S is invested in, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and soon probably Iran. The corporate media acts like we the people share in the spoils of these wars. What they don't mention is that most of the American media outlets are owned by the same corporations that engage in these illegal conflicts to begin with. For starters...
We the people did not profit off of oil revenues.
We the people did not profit off of missile production.
We the people did not profit off of rebuilding contracts.
We the people did not profit off of mercenary contracting.
We the people did not profit off of oppressive security measures.
We the people did not profit off of bank loans to fund these conflicts.
None of the money, which was taken from the people, that went into these fraudulent activities has returned to the people. That is not circulation...
How much money and lives were wasted in Vietnam in the decade of war. Now that there is peace between the countries, how much money has been made in trade with Vietnam?
Furthermore, you are from Ireland. Ireland was a shithole during the troubles. It's only after the violence ended that it pulled out of its slump.
Welfare is similar. Money is taken from others and given to those who are not reproducing it. This is especially true for all the money that goes to illegal immigrants, they are not taxed and do not give money back to the system. None of this is circulation, it is exploitation.
War and welfare are not the foundations of the modern consumer economy. They are the weights that will bring it down, and it is possible for the system to collapse. Removing all these programs all at once may be unrealistic, but if they can't all be supported then what will be the consequences? Nothing is invincible...