War – The American cash crop

Many countries have relied on a single main export for their income and economic stability. For the Americans, this export is war.

The great depression that began in the USA with the Wall St crash of 1929 caused unprecedented levels of unemployment and destroyed heavy industry. Sweeping political changes followed with the landslide election of Roosevelt, the New Deal programs, the suspension of the gold standard, and the recession of 1937, which after a period of sharp growth, returned unemployment to depression levels.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

The Americans were in a bad state, but it wasn’t long before the second world war broke out in Europe.

This war would solve many problems in the USA with the revitalisation of their economy and the beginning of an unprecedented period of growth.

They joined the war in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbour. While many American men were away fighting in Europe and the Pacific, the people back home were enjoying a new period of prosperity and consumerism. This was the answer to the economic prayers of the USA.

Since World War 2, the USA has been in a constant state of war until the present day.

Occupations of parts of Europe, Japan and parts of the Far East Axis continued until 1955. The Korean war kicked off in 1950 and military involvement in Vietnam began in 1959.

Military action ensured the continuation of economic prosperity as tax money was taken from the people and handed over the military industrial contractors. It also had the added bonus of ensuring the backing of the people for the state. American patriotism during conflict saw that the policies of intervention went (mostly) unquestioned.

When there wasn’t any actual military conflict to be had, there was the Cold War.

The Cold War never escalated beyond name calling and sabre rattling, yet cost billions to wage and galvanised the spirit of the Americans against the new foe of Communism.

World War 2 had supposedly been fought in the name of freedom against Fascism, yet the cold war saw a reaction to communism worthy of any paranoid dictatorship. Communism was a political ideology, yet was not dealt with in a political manner. The carrying of a Communist party membership card would result in arrest an imprisonment. Even allegations without evidence became enough to persecute those suspected of Communist sympathies.

The Cold War continued the practise of huge military spending and expansion through the production and testing of atom bombs, hydrogen bombs and delivery and protection systems. It was this level of spending that would bring down the enemies in Russia through financial collapse rather than military conquest.

This period of anti Communist feeling also served to bolster the idea of patriotism in the average American, ensuring they don’t question the policies of Government for fear of being unpatriotic or even denounced as a communist.

Another fundamental part of the Cold War, aside from the arms race, was the space race. The quest to put the first man on the moon resulted in massive spending coupled with huge technological advances.

As 500 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon (And goof his pre prepared line) America was one.

The Apollo missions were never about science. They were about beating the Russians, solidifying the patriotism of a nation and continuing economic stability. No more moon missions are planned and space exploration has stagnated. It is no longer politically necessary. Now we have other means to achieve the same goals with even better results.

When the Cold War finally ended in the early nineties with the collapse of communism, America was fresh out of wars. They were involved in UN spats such as the Gulf, Somalia and Kosovo, but had no wars to call their own.

To remedy this situation we were given a new concept – The War on Terror.

The war on terror is a totally new concept in military conflict. It is similar to the Cold War but includes armed confrontation. The new enemy is Al Quaeda, an invisible group that encompasses any terrorist action. The war cannot be won and is not supposed to be. It is a perpetual conflict that will keep the USA at war for as long as they deem necessary.

Two nations have already been invaded and conquered, and the current President has his eyes on a third. In between the armed incursions, there are the domestic operations. The American people are for the first time, treated as enemy combatants.

When the enemy is not in some foreign country that you can invade, but living in your country, among your own people, unseen and undetected, you can treat every citizen as the enemy until they can prove other wise.

The War on Terror has not only caused conflict outside American borders, but it has removed most of the basic freedoms of those living within.

Of course the average American citizen is a patriot. They don’t want to be branded a terrorist any more than they wanted to be branded a Communist. That’s why they let it happen. The military spending continues, the American people stand as one against the new foe.

War. What is it good for? The power and influence of the strongest nation on earth since 1941.

.

8 comments for “War – The American cash crop

  1. Jiks
    December 24, 2011 at 12:50 am

    “It is a perpetual conflict that will keep the USA at war for as long as they deem necessary” – exactly.

    And the enemy is you, me, anyone. Are you protester, do you own precious metals, barter, have more than a week of food stored, are against private central banks? Any of those and you are a “terrorist”.

    Under recently passed American laws anyone in the world can legally be executed, tortured, held forever without trial or charge even if found innocent in a civil court.

    Dark times indeed for anyone who believes in liberty.

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Dark times indeed. Considering people who plan for adversity as terroris is baffling to me. Do you think it’s because they want everyone to be totally reliant on the state?

  2. December 24, 2011 at 5:57 am

    ” Even allegations without evidence became enough to persecute those suspected of Communist sympathies.”

    True enough, but what everyone forgets about the ‘terrible McCarthy witchhunt’ is that, in fact, he was right about a lot of his targets, wasn’t he? As we saw in later years… 😈

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Was he? ❓

  3. Jiks
    December 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I think there certainly is an element of that. The debt slaves are easier to manage if they think the plantation is the best of all possible worlds. Even more so, as Ron Paul said, “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.”

    Anyone questioning the ponzi scheme/zeitgeist/call it what you will is a threat and must be silenced or crushed.

    (Apologies if this a double post, it seems I cannot reply directly to your reply to my comment Bucko, wierd things appear to be going on)

    • December 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Your comment was picked up by the spam filter for some reason. 😕

  4. December 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    An interesting story and how it bears on our liberties here is, of course highly relevant.
    I like liberty and would hate to do without it, so allow me to fill in the few gaps to complete your tale.

    The Americans were in a bad state, but it wasn’t long before the second world war broke out in Europe.

    That old second world war, it didn’t start itself: No siree Bob!

    You see, back in the 1930’s they had this thing called Fascism, and it pretty much drove its supporters to treat women and second-class citizens or property; to oppress a large number of supposed racial inferiors up to and including killing them all (especially the Jews, for some reason); to conquer all your neighbours and occupy their countries permanently as conquerors and decide how the surviving conquered were ruled in minute detail, allowing only supine or actively supportive local traitors to sit in government. Their armies never returned willingly to their homelands in Germany (in collusion with the Soviet Union), Japan and Italy because, well, their leaders didn’t want them to. Many, many Americans didn’t like this kind of thing being various Christian, Jewish, Agnostic, theist, Native Americans and other, odder religious sects, in a variety of entirely voluntary choice of moral ideologies being allowed by, well the US Constitution. They call it ‘liberty’ – which coincidentally one of the words in the title of this very blog.
    Did I mention that none of the religious freedoms allowed under the US Constitution were allowed much in the Fascist (or their communist ally) countries, as were none of the other freedoms except by explicitly prescription by the conquering forces?
    Anyway, Fascism doesn’t seem to have been caused by America in any way – beyond by adding some silly economic reparations against the defeated German State in the peace treaties that followed the Great War, but even the USA did not really want those things – the French did.

    Of course, fascist Japan had already attacked and conquered parts of China by the time it attacked the USA and the USA entered the war, but the US had been political and economically financing the British Empire’s war against the Fascist powers; the British government and many of its people holding a curiously familiar range of anti-fascist feeling as the majority of Americans. So they lend us or leased us ship and tanks and all kinds of war material and expected to be paid back eventually by a whole bunch of Brits who hadn’t been conquered by fascists.

    This war would solve many problems in the USA with the revitalisation of their economy and the beginning of an unprecedented period of growth.

    Having failed to establish a successful and prosperous dirigiste economy via the New Deal, the anatomically modern but creepy liberal FDR decided not to have a peace conference with Japan and all the other Axis states after the Japans fascist attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor but decided rather to spend a great deal of American blood and treasure to actually fight against fascism. And American private industry did increase its productivity so there were lots and lots of things for Brits and Americans and other people annoyed at fascism to use to fight against fascism.
    Growth, unprecedented or not, tends to be a good thing for people who need more stuff. Including stuff with which to fight Fascism.

    They joined the war in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbour. While many American men were away fighting in Europe and the Pacific, the people back home were enjoying a new period of prosperity and consumerism. This was the answer to the economic prayers of the USA.

    Prosperity and consumerism really mean having enough to eat, shelter from the weather, enough clothes and some book and other entertainments and ways of keeping healthy and clean and not dying in childbirth and the means to move to life-sustaining jobs and some savings for the future – one’s own or one’s children. In most parts of the world, such things have been very rare in the 12,000 years of settle human history, and in fact they are rarely found widespread amongst large populations other than in countries with economies very much like the US economy then was. There might be some connection there, but who really knows?
    Anyway, if it helps, why not think of prosperity and consumerism as the opposites of poverty and want; poverty and want are phenomena common in most of the societies that are the most different from the American one, which is rather strange.

    Since World War 2, the USA has been in a constant state of war until the present day.

    Except for all the peaceful bits.

    Occupations of parts of Europe, Japan and parts of the Far East Axis continued until 1955.

    This was because the US government and many of its taxpayers and servicemen didn’t fancy the idea of having to go to war again in another ten or twenty years, and so they spend some time and a lot of their own money helping the defeated formerly fascist nations rebuild their economies so they’d have something to live on and fewer motives to become fascist again. Oh, and they replaced the fascist institutions with democratic ones and then went home once democracy was self-perpetuating as it hadn’t been in pre-war Italy and Germany and never existed before in Japan.

    The Korean war kicked off in 1950

    … When the communist North Koreans, backed by the Soviet Union, invaded the South of Korea instead of holding multi-party democratic elections as the USA had wanted them to because they like such things for themselves.
    To contextualize this, the Soviet Union had changed sides during World War two when its fascist allies attacked it. After a long and bloody war, and supported by huge gifts of war material from the USA and the British Empire, the Soviet Union prevailed in eastern Europe and permanently occupied the Eastern part of Europe as conquerors and decided how the surviving conquered were ruled in minute detail, allowing only supine or actively supportive local traitors to sit in government. Their armies never returned willingly to their homelands until puppet regimes were set up and some stayed on to make sure. Curiously, the Soviet part of the world also declined to allow any of those liberties the Americans made such a fuss about and don’t to this very day, m and indeed they themselves went on to kill 25-to 35 million people (say about 4 to 6 times the dead of the Jewish Holocaust which was ended when the Americans amongst others defeated Fascism) in a variety of massacres and famines and other persecutions including go the religious and, oddly, the Jews again, and the Soviets’ export of communism to China was to lead to 75,000,000 deaths and in Cambodia to the deaths of one third of the population. And of course they’re dying still in North Korea.and military involvement in Vietnam began in 1959.

    Three years after the Communist Chinese ordered the start of a campaign of terrorism and guerilla war against the unpleasant nationalist government of South Vietnam. Late again, eh, those pesky yanks?

    Military action ensured the continuation of economic prosperity as tax money was taken from the people and handed over the military industrial contractors.

    I think you’ll find that the military contractors and their suppliers grew richer, but other Americans lost out due to being taxed for it. But anyway, the American economy was so big that it was also producing lots of other good things for the non-military life of the word such as clothing and food and foreign aid and fuel oil and electronics and advanced medicines and all kinds of entertainments and knowledge from their science and underwriting a safe refuge for the surviving Jews, and computers and stuff for which I for one don’t mind the prosperity to enjoy or “consume”.

    It also had the added bonus of ensuring the backing of the people for the state. American patriotism during conflict saw that the policies of interventionwent(mostly) unquestioned.

    True; by and large the American people backed the conduct of the Vietnam War (but not the Korean War) right to the end and beyond, being a little spooked by the Soviets having detonated a number of nuclear bombs whose secret some Communists in the West had stolen for them.

    When there wasn’t any actual military conflict to be had, there was the Cold War.

    That being the time when America and its allies decided not to allow the Communist world to set up unfree clones of itself in their own countries. The USA and Canada and Western Europe didn’t like the whole unfree thing and so decided to gang up agaisnt the Soviet Army that had never gone home after it changed sides in World War Two.

    The Cold War never escalated beyond name calling and sabre rattling,

    Apart from in Korea, Vietnam, Africa, South America, Asia and parts of the Middle East and Europe when Soviet-backed terrorists did their thing contrary to the whole notion of liberty. Antarctica was peaceful enough, though. Which I happen to like a lot.

    y…yet cost billions to wage and galvanised the spirit of the Americans against the new foe of Communism.
    World War 2 had supposedly been fought in the name of freedom against Fascism, yet the cold war saw a reaction to communism worthy of any paranoid dictatorship. Communism was a political ideology, yet was not dealt with in a political manner.

    Well, the USA offered all its nuclear arms and infrastructure to the United Nations for their sole use but for some reason the Soviet Union opposed the offer. And the Soviet Union did in fact support and arm Communist insurgents that took over China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia; none of whom allowed much in the way of liberty, and all of whom consistently ignored the rest of the world’s polite requests and endless diplomacy asking them to stop pooping on liberty. Difficult to know what kind of political measures could overcome such iron-willed anti-liberty thinking, though I suppose the dumb Yanks must have missed the obvious like a really effective fly-poster campaign or Woodstock-style love-ins.

    The carrying of a Communist party membership card would result in arrest an imprisonment. Even allegations without evidence became enough to persecute those suspected of Communist sympathies.

    I expect from the start the Feds were looking for people stealing atomic secrets for the Soviets to threaten everyone else with for decades. I grew up under fear of the bomb – Bomb whose core technology was stolen by Communists to give to the Soviet Union. Pity they didn’t succeed, really. Also, the severest punishment of the McCarthyite Era as it was called was for 1 year in prison for Contempt of Congress, ie refusing to testify against suspected communist spies.
    No 366+days imprisonment. No executions at all – unlike, say 25-35 million dead in the Soviet Union, 75,000,000 in China and 1/3 of the population of Cambodia.

    The Cold War continued the practise of huge military spending and expansion through the production and testing of atom bombs, hydrogen bombs and delivery and protection systems. It was this level of spending that would bring down the enemies in Russia through financial collapse rather than military conquest.

    Capitalism and democracy triumphant; beating swords into IOUs.

    This period of anti Communist feeling also served to bolster the idea of patriotism in the average American, ensuring they don’t question the policies of Government for fear of being unpatriotic or even denounced as a communist.

    Actually, Americans tend to be very disobedient towards their government in this matter: loving their own country and its institutions even when they are not at war of being exorted to war. They did so in the 19th Century as well when their forces stayed, roughly speaking, at home or near their coasts. Ish.

    Another fundamental part of the Cold War, aside from the arms race, was the space race. The quest to put the first man on the moon resulted in massive spending coupled with huge technological advances.

    I think I might have found a use for computers small enough to fit inside a space ship other than sending men to the Moon. And I like it. Still, the private sector might have developed them indpendently of the Space race, I am happy to concede.

    As 500 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon (And goof his pre prepared line) America was one.
    The Apollo missions were never about science. They were about beating the Russians, solidifying the patriotism of a nation and continuing economic stability. No more moon missions are planned and space exploration has stagnated. It is no longer politically necessary.

    As I believe that far-left Democrats like the alinskyite Barack Obama don’t care about space exploration, they have closed it down. I think – and I might be wrong here – that Barack Obama is not a typical American President. Thoughts, anyone?

    Now we have other means to achieve the same goals with even better results.
    When the Cold War finally ended in the early nineties with the collapse of communism, America was fresh out of wars. They were involved in UN spats such as the Gulf, Somalia and Kosovo, but had no wars to call their own.

    Possibly(with the French) the first nation on earth to bomb Christian armies for the sole purpose of stopping those Christian armies murdering Muslims. And there was no oil in the former Yugoslavia. You’ve got to hand it to those sneaky petes in the State Department – their plots run deep. I wonder what they were really up to?

    To remedy this situation we were given a new concept – The War on Terror.
    The war on terror is a totally new concept in military conflict. It is similar to the Cold War but includes armed confrontation.

    Apart from in Korea, Vietnam, Africa, South America, Asia and parts of the Middle East and Europe

    The new enemy is Al Quaeda, an invisible group that encompasses any terrorist action.

    Such as piloting aeroplanes full of innocent people into office blocks similarly inhabited.

    The war cannot be won and is not supposed to be. It is a perpetual conflict that will keep the USA at war for as long as they deem necessary.

    Or until a Jew-hating Democratic Party lets Iran nuke Israel, in which case you might see an upsurge in animosity towards some sections of the Muslim Community worldwide in the USA.

    Two nations have already been invaded and conquered, and the current President has his eyes on a third.

    And Iraq left to fend for itself totally Yankless this very week, and Afghanistan is, shall we say, spottily garrisoned? I don’t like Obama’s use of Predator drones which looks, shall we say, a little indiscriminating, though you have to admire the moral thinking behind using weapons designed only to hit very small areas rather than flattening whole cities (a recourse of ours as well in the past) and so minimizing (though never eliminating) the possibility of innocent lives being taken. They are sort of anti-9/11 weapons and show the difference between the free world and the Islamic one which, in its official ideology and throughout much of its political and media life exactly resembles someone we once knew in that it drives its supporters to treat women and second-class citizens or property; to oppress a large number of supposed racial inferiors up to and including killing them all (especially the Jews, for some reason); to conquer all their neighbours and occupy their countries permanently as conquerors and decide how the surviving conquered were ruled in minute detail, allowing only supine or actively supportive local traitors to sit in government.

    In between the armed incursions, there are the domestic operations. The American people are for the first time, treated as enemy combatants.

    True – under Obama who, I believe, is not a typical US President.

    When the enemy is not in some foreign country that you can invade, but living in your country, among your own people, unseen and undetected, you can treat every citizen as the enemy until they can prove other wise.

    Let’s hope that those elections the Americans seem to love and insist on foisting on other countries despite their deep cultural desire to be fascists, replace said Obama and his crowd, huh?

    The War on Terror has not only caused conflict outside American borders, but it has removed most of the basic freedoms of those living within.
    Of course the average American citizen is a patriot. They don’t want to be branded a terrorist any more than they wanted to be branded a Communist. That’s why they let it happen. The military spending continues, the American people stand as one against the new foe.

    Who kills and kills and kills worldwide daily .

    War. What is it good for? The power and influence of the strongest nation on earth since 1941.

    Hope this helps.

    Love and peace at Christmas, from North Northwester.

    • December 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Thats al hell of a lot to respond to but I’ll give it a go 😯

      That old second world war, it didn’t start itself

      I’ve not said the Americans joined WW2 for their own personal gain, although there is a conspiracy theory that say so. The gain was an added bonus to the war, one that they have kept going ever sicne.

      Growth, unprecedented or not, tends to be a good thing

      No arguement there. It’s the means I am questioning, not the ends.

      Except for all the peaceful bits.

      There have been none. The USA has been in a constant sate of declared war since WW2

      I think you’ll find that the military contractors and their suppliers grew richer, but other Americans lost out due to being taxed for it.

      The economy as a whole has grown the the USAs military actions. Everyone has benefited from the increased prosperity

      spooked by the Soviets having detonated a number of nuclear bombs whose secret some Communists in the West had stolen for them.

      It could be argued that the resulting balance of power prevented nuclear weapons being used again after the war

      Yanks must have missed the obvious like a really effective fly-poster campaign or Woodstock-style love-ins.

      Outlawing a political party and persecuting it’s members is not really democratic now, is it?

      I think I might have found a use for computers small enough to fit inside a space ship other than sending men to the Moon. And I like it

      Again. Not questioning the results here, just the means to get them. I don’t much like the idea of domestic prosperity from wars and death overseas.

      Barack Obama is not a typical American President. Thoughts, anyone?

      You’ve said that in relation to my space race comments and my war on terror comments. There have been many presidents since kennedy, none of whom has reignited space exploration because it isn’t any longer necessary.

      Bush started the war on terror. All Obama has done is escalate the domestic crackdown of American citizens

      I know ful well that musims are a hideous bunch. What is wrong is the response. Stripping us of our freedom in order to fight terroism just hands victory to the terrorists on a plate. I would much rather be free and facing danger than living under a facist Government and feel safe. And yes, America is becoming that way, despite all you say about how they love thier freedom, even to the point of imposing it on others.

      Al Quaeda is blamed for every terrorist act, from a highly organised and perfectly executed attack on 9/11 that killed 3000 people, to one man who did nothing more than fuck up and set fire to himself at Glasgow airport.

      Happy Christmas to you too 🙂

Comments are closed.