Publisher’s Note: Yes, it’s Memorial Day, a keen riff on what should actually be called Mass Murder Day. America has been at war for 222 years. Through curious and suspect maritime provocations bouncing around the storied history of the US, the American foreign policy apparatchiks and their dull tools in the Pentagram have been merrily waging conflict around the globe for generations. And a small microcosm of those generations have either not returned or returned so maimed and disfigured their parents and close family didn’t recognize them.
The US isn’t alone. For every French male born in 1892, half of them would either be maimed or perish when the dust cleared from the Great War in 1918 which made the world safe as an orchid house for whole new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie sets writ large on the planet for hundreds of millions to see.
I find Mark Twain’s The War Prayer to be a satisfactory tribute to the martial dead.
Marxism saw itself weaponized around the globe in the waking fever-dreams of political worthies like Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo and RedDR during the War to Save Josef Stalin. -BB
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”– H.L. Mencken
It may appear to be from the University of the Intuitively Obvious but even the most brilliant (if violently addled) minds on Earth have thought that voting and government could deliver heaven on Earth and peace for mankind.
They were wrong.
I’m often reminded of one of the times that Teddy Roosevelt had a rare sober moment where he actually saw the state for what it was. “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”
I’ve mentioned before that statesman is a nonsensical word. It’s like calling serial killers simply men of eccentric taste. Politicians are violence brokers and nothing more. Their stock in trade is threats and institutionalization of violence.
Actual instantiation of maiming and death.
Their vocation is carried out every day by legions of police roaming the fruited plain cajoling, fining, kidnapping, maiming and killing Americans daily.
The bad news is that terrorism is politically motivated violence to achieve political objectives against innocents and non-combatants.
The worst news is that absent terrorism and its concomitant policies in everyday life, no government could survive a single day.
Here’s some perspective, whatever cretin inhabits the Offal Office even the sainted Ron Paul could not change a single degree of course correction in the ship of state.
The Deep State wouldn’t permit it. This isn’t conspiracy theory but the acknowledgement that a few thousand dedicated idealists can’t touch the bureaucracy.
They control everything. Now we are fortunate that government is so inept. Hanlon’s Razor tells us you “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” or “don’t assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding.” What would the planet look like if any government enterprise were efficient?
Trump, better described as The Amphibian, is not crass or untalented, he is simply the latest statist meat bag to dress itself up and land in the Offal Office.
This has been the case since the militarily inept George Washington bestrode a horse to put down a tax rebellion in Pennsylvania in 1794 once the Constitutional coup laid down the framework for a Deep State to rival all such nomenklatura constructs in the future. The USSR would surrender its gold medal in the Soviet Olympics in 1991 as the US continued to put an Orwellian happy face on smashing liberty at every turn domestically and internationally.
And, again and again, the kabuki theater of the sacred vote would keep the usual suspects among both the hoi poloi and the self-anointed collectivist intelligentsia aspirating on ghost cock as they excitedly debated the contest between two parties whose only difference is the spelling.
Let’s ask some hard questions that are actually easy to answer.
Does history demonstrate a single state in the last five hundred years of Western civilization that reduced the grasp or expanse of the politician’s reach into the Helot heartlands of the zoos they call nations?
Has a nation ever fought a war, which at its conclusion rendered a smaller state than it started with? Even in the heartlands of the vanquished (see Addendum below)?
Is there a reason for the Helium Reserve to provision the strategic supply of noble gas for airships, mohair subsidies from the Korean War or SIGTARP (look it up) to still exist?
This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Remember it took nearly four generations to stop the 1937 Stalinized collectivization of raisin-grape growing in America by the Feds. These are small parts of the vast Federal kudzu that strangles America to the advantage of the political classes and their satraps.
I would suggest that the twentieth century advancements in bureaucracy, accountancy technology, fiat currencies and a curious reluctance on the part of sheep to argue over being sheared accelerated the growth of the state. The income tax and all the other imposts and taxes I have detailed ad nauseum on this site could not have existed at the turn of the twentieth century; the surveillance, police state and deficit spending schemes had not reached the maturation necessary to make it work.
But circumstance started to change and war provided many answers on this eve of Memorial Day. Take a look at the increase in the acknowledged government debt of the US from 1910-1919. It increased two orders of magnitude. It tripled the debt from eight percent of GDP to twenty nine percent of GDP. We can thank the murderous Woodrow Wilson for much of it. Excepting Coolidge, all of his successors have been just as odious and economically illiterate in piling on monstrous debt.
Do you know why the near zero interest rate has been a Fed policy in the twenty-first century? The first reason is that fiat currency is subject only to political whim and not economic rationality. The second reason is that with current outlandish spending levels and debt incurred to sustain the money laundering for the military-industrial complex and the across the board forced wealth transfers, what would happen if the interest (deficit spending) on the acknowledged debt (nearly twenty trillion debt bucks) rose above one percent?
Glad you asked.
Since the politicians own the fiat currency, they determine the interest rates artificially which as everyone here who is an entrepreneur knows is a market risk management index but in this case the game is rigged.
Given its sheer size, if the interest rate on that debt were to rise by even 1%, the annual federal deficit rises by $190 billion. A 2% increase in interest rate levels would up the federal deficit by $380 billion, and if rates were 5% higher, the annual federal deficit rises by $950 billion. That is monies on top of an already bloated debt service.
For the last eight years, the Fed has kept interest rates at 0 to 1%. During that time, it also sold trillions in bonds to fund the re-inflation of the equity markets from the low of about 6,500 to about 17,500 by the end of the Obama Administration.
It means that the game is rigged against the people for whom the debt is incurred through the chimera of implied consent. It means the cattle in the tax plantation are the collateral along with their unborn progeny.
So what those numbers mean is that it is impossible for the ingenious politicians who have painted themselves into a corner to alter the fiat currency gamble on crushing the boom or bust cycle. They can’t unless they stop artificially manipulating the valuation.
How do you solve this? The miraculous hands-off recovery of the recession-depression in 1920-21.
How is it, that government can tax future generations today, but it is not considered taxation without representation?
So I offer this as an illustration of an inescapable and tragically true circumstance.
The violence brokers smiling beatifically on the dais or at the camera in front of their favorite spokes-budgies in the media have no answers and keep kicking the can down the road.
And there is no precedent of a politician or state ever un-fucking existential economic cluster-fucks that they have handcrafted through their own economic illiteracy, intellectual banality, misdirection and legerdemain.
Very few of these violence brokers have received their due like Alexander Hamilton, William Henry Harrison, Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Or more spectacularly, the pathetic but justified Christmas extermination of the lovely Ceausescu couple in Romania when they threw off the Soviet shackles to lock themselves in a more homegrown communist embrace.
So if you still think voting is worthwhile, take George Carlin’s word for it.
America is not a free country and even in the samizdat I labor under, I can’t tell you what to do but history is replete with many examples.
Hit the books.
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
– H.L. Mencken,
Addendum for folks who contend that the Confederacy led to smaller government:
Here is a partial list of the tyrannical policies of Southern governments (to say nothing of slavery itself). The central and state governments of the Confederacy:
► instituted military conscription;
► used forced labor in their government-owned factories;
► preached anti-capitalism in Marxist terms, denouncing the “wage-slavery” of the North;
► adopted military aggression as its foreign policy;
► carried out untold numbers of warrantless searches, seizures, and arrests, starting early in 1861;
► seized guns from civilians beginning in 1861 (after the war, governments of Southern states would enact the first gun control laws in the U. S.);
► printed paper money to finance military aggression, leading to runaway inflation;(7)
► repudiated lawful debts and contracts;
► took political prisoners;
► silenced dissent, curtailing freedom of the press, speech, and assembly;
► instituted a welfare state;
► created, in less than three years, a bureaucracy of 70,000 in Richmond to manage the socialist Confederacy;
► regulated agriculture by imposing acreage controls on cotton and tobacco;
► nationalized control of foreign commerce, regulating exports, raising tariffs, and banning the importation of all “non-essential” goods;
► occupied East Tennessee with thousands of troops to prevent the counties there from seceding from the Confederacy (as the counties of western Virginia did).
The Southron sealed its own death warrant by mimicking the government of the North. I am a Southron and ashamed at what they did when trying to rightfully secede from the tyrant Lincoln.