Thursday, November 3, 2022

So What Is War? And Why We Understand It NOT!

If people often ignore the economic basis of war, it is often because the media teach them Western Wars are ‘just wars” defending “democracy” against “autocracy”. That has never been the case. At the start of WWI, The Kaiser’s Germany was in many respects arguably more democratic than the UK, certainly not less than the US. - by Julian Macfarlane


First – The war is already on and history shows us from WWI and WWII.


[Sidebar: I have been saying that Russia and the united West are at war since AT LEAST 2013, but that war was initially mostly informational and economic, now it is becoming much more kinetic than before, so we can call this escalation qualitative] - 


‘WWIII has already effectively begun’ – Nouriel Roubini — RT World News - According to the renowned economist, “everything will split in two”


So what causes wars? Answer: GRPC!


Government - Yes, I am a Conspiracy Realist: All Government Is Conspiracy - By Gary D. Barnett - Yes, there is not much “conspiracy theory,” just conspiracy fact and reality. Most every conspiracy that has been ignored by the compliant masses, and considered ‘conspiracy theory’ for decades, has come true. Most however, are still attempting to marginalize or eliminate any credible debate by claiming that little government action is conspiratorial, when the exact opposite is not only the case, but has proven to be real conspiracy time and time again.

Religion - Another Double Whammy

By Laurence M. Vance - This coming Sunday is another double whammy for Christians who are repulsed by the blasphemy and idolatry that takes place in their churches on certain Sundays of the year. Not only is this Sunday the Sunday before Veterans Day, it is also the Sunday before election day…..

…. Some churches will no doubt also sing Lee Greenwood’s patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA,” and they will sing it proudly because they are proud to be Americans where at least they know they’re free. (I can just picture Christians singing this in church in 2020 or 2021 with a mask on their face.)

Politics - American-Style War ’til the End of Time? A Lifetime "at War" BY TOM ENGELHARDT - The United States has been at war, or at least in armed conflicts of various sorts, often in distant lands, for more or less my entire life. Yes, for some of those years, that war was “cold” (which often meant that such carnage, regularly sponsored by the CIA, happened largely off-screen and out of sight), but war as a way of life never really ended, not to this very moment.

Germany’s position in America’s New World Order, by Michael Hudson - The Unz Review - Most political theory assumes that nations will act in their own self-interest. Otherwise they are satellite countries, not in control of their own fate. Germany is subordinating its industry and living standards to the dictates of U.S. diplomacy and the self-interest of America’s oil and gas sector. It is doing this voluntarily – not because of military force but out of an ideological belief that the world economy should be run by U.S. Cold War planners.

Culture - bionic mosquito: Listening to History - Gramsci himself rejected Christianity and all its transcendent claims. Nevertheless, he knew Christian culture existed.... For that was the force binding all the classes... into a single, homogeneous culture. It was a specifically Christian culture, in which individual men and women understood that the most important things about human life transcended the material conditions in which they lived out their mortal lives.

The first phase in achieving "cultural hegemony" over a nation is the undermining of all elements of traditional culture.

He has a thing for Christian culture, don’t you think?

What does this have to do with my theory of history?  Disallow others from controlling.  Common culture provides governance with much less government.  Destroy common culture and you inherently invite more government, more control.

Fedonomics - It's No Coincidence The Century Of Total War Coincided With The Century Of Central Banking | Zero Hedge - The 20th century was the century of total war. Limitations on the scope of war, built up over many centuries, had already begun to break down in the 19th century, but they were altogether obliterated in the 20th. And of course the sheer amount of resources that centralized states could bring to bear in war, and the terrible new technologies of killing that became available to them, made the 20th a century of almost unimaginable horror.


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A Timeline of Carnage

The last three-quarters of this somewhat truncated post-World War II American Century have, in effect, been a timeline of carnage, though few in this country would notice or acknowledge that. After all, since 1945, Americans have only once been “at war” at home, when almost 3,000 civilians died in an attack meant to provoke — well, something like the war on terror that also become a war of terror and a spreader of terror movements in our world.

As journalist William Arkin recently argued, the U.S. has created a permanent war state meant to facilitate “endless war.” As he writes, at this very moment, our nation “is killing or bombing in perhaps 10 different countries,” possibly more, and there’s nothing remarkably out of the ordinary about that in our recent past.

The question that Americans seldom even think to ask is this: What if the U.S. were to begin to dismantle its empire of bases, repurpose so many of those militarized taxpayer dollars to our domestic needs, abandon this country’s focus on permanent war, and forsake the Pentagon as our holy church? What if, even briefly, the wars, conflicts, plots, killings, drone assassinations, all of it stopped?

What would our world actually be like if you simply declared peace and came home?

Copyright 2021 Tom Engelhardt


Conclusion - I sorta like the phrasing of this translation as a reminder to our hegemonic nation (which also rhymes with DEmonic):

James 4:1-2a-16-17 The Message (MSG)

Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way. You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.” So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him make himself scarce. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others? And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.


(Does that does not describe and condemn Our American Values? - CL)