Dear Friend of Radio Liberty,
“Militarism is the one great glamour public-works project upon which a variety of elements in the community can be brought into agreement.”
John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching (1944)
"Look back at FDR and the Great Depression," advised Meet the Press's resident droning dullard. "What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II.... With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power, [Obama] can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve."
Washington Post columnist David Broder. (1)
"We are slaves to our king six new moons of the year; he pockets our blood and our sweat, and leaves us to our tears. More, more, more, the lawmakers cry; In the name of brotherhood, the rivers run dry…. And now the masters print greenbacks in place of gold; But the vaults have no bullion so they levy our children's souls...”
Contemporary singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli, “We the People.”
Three years ago, Robert Dyas was an 18-year-old high school graduate with a steady job, a steady girlfriend, and ambitious plans for the future. The young resident of Nampa, Idaho intended to marry Kasey, his High School sweetheart, buy a farm, and raise a family. A hard worker and careful steward of his earnings, Robert had enough money to buy a 1966 Pontiac LeMans through an internet auction, and he was eager to restore it with the help of his dad.
All of this came to naught when Robert’s job became a casualty of the Greater Depression. Like many other young people in similar predicaments, Robert was attracted by the job security and supposedly guaranteed benefits offered by the military, so he enlisted in the Army. In late September, Robert’s parents received a visit from an Army Notification Team wearing Class A uniforms. Their son had died in a shootout in Afghanistan’s Khandahar Province. (2) Dyas is hardly the first young American to be sucked into the “economic draft,” and he will hardly be the last. Witness the remarkable fact that in August, the U.S. economy created not a single job of any kind. (3) Fewer than 30 percent of American teens found a job last summer; the unemployment rate for Americans age 18-29 was nearly 45 percent in 2010. (4) There are nearly 6 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 who are living with their parents. (5) The longer one goes without work, the less employable he becomes. And many of these unemployed young people are burdened with college debt they cannot repay, and – in the case of government-issued student loans – cannot discharge through bankruptcy.
“Today, there are hordes of young people that should be entering their most productive years that are sitting home with nothing to do,” summarizes the “End of the American Dream” blog. “Many of them have worked incredibly hard throughout high school and college. Many of them have stayed out of trouble and have done everything that ‘the system’ asked them to do. But once they got finished with school, the promised ‘rewards’ simply were not there. Instead, millions of young Americans are faced with crushing student loan debt loads in an economy where they can't find good jobs. When you are in your twenties, it can be absolutely soul-crushing to send out hundreds (or even thousands) of resumes and not get a single interview. Most of us grew up believing that we would ‘be something’ when we got older, and millions of young Americans are having those dreams brutally crushed right now. Americans under the age of 30 voted for Barack Obama in droves back in 2008 because they believed that he would make things better. Instead, Barack Obama has made things even worse. Significant numbers of young Americans are starting to wake up and realize that neither political party is providing any real answers, and they are starting to get mad as hell about it.”(6)
A handful of those increasingly desperate young people turned for help to a singularly unlikely source - rock star Sammy Hagar of the band “Chickenfoot.” “Three and a Half Letters,” a song from the band’s most recent album, takes its lyrics from letters Hagar received from angry, frustrated young Americans who are unemployed and facing homelessness and destitution. Ironically, Hagar is one of the few public figures who actually understands the roots of our economic catastrophe: As a member of the classic rock band “Montrose” thirty-seven years ago, Hagar wrote a song called "Paper Money" lamenting the end of the gold standard and the economic destruction caused by the Regime’s fraudulent, worthless, paper currency: “Take away all my silver, take away all my gold; hand me a stack of paper – but paper money don’t hold.”
A generation after composing that protest song, Hagar is now chronicling the human costs attendant to the unraveling of the fiat money system.
"I just returned from Afghanistan – spent four years in the military service," writes one of Hagar's correspondents. "I'm 24, strong, and I can't find work in my hometown. I'm married with one beautiful son – seven months old today. Never had a chance to buy a home. Can't afford the apartment we've been living in. [We're] moving in with Debbie's parents, whose home is in foreclosure. Can you help?" That young man, who was caught up in the economic draft, has learned that service in the imperial military does not lead to economic security.
Hagar and his bandmates have promised to do everything they can to publicize the plight of such people, even if doing so is as pointless as using children’s aspirin to treat an aggressive cancer. The only legitimate treatment is to kill the tumor – but those who rule us are feeding it instead. History suggests that when all other attempts at stimulus fail – as they will – they will eventually resort to the ne plus ultra of Keynesian stimulus by using mass bloodshed to prime the economic pump.
To paraphrase Machiavelli, if a ruler has gold, he can always purchase iron. However, our rulers have been financing their empire on debt - and the market for our official debt instruments is rapidly contracting. We’ve finally reached the pump at which those who have been financing the empire are gagging on our worthless dollars. At that point, the regime will have to find something else to collateralize the loans on which the Empire depends.
Washington and its internal provinces (once known as "free and independent states") are already pawning infrastructure to foreign creditors. So what's left?
Consider that question in terms of a bankrupt household. Once the appliances have been pawned, the car and house has been repossessed, maybe the only thing left to sell would be the blood in the debtor's veins. As the songwriter Gino Vannelli observed, when there’s no bullion left in the bank vaults, our rulers will “levy our children’s souls”; that is to say they will use our flesh and blood - our children - as collateral. Conscription and universal national service would be a blood tax imposed on behalf of the foreign creditors funding our empire. This blood-for-debt swap becomes even likelier when one takes into account the accelerating implosion of domestic "entitlement" programs.
Here's how Anne Williamson, one of the most astute analysts of the Power Elite, summarizes the coming Grand Bargain:
"Thanks to the enterprising left, a palatable framework of ‘universal service' is evolving, in which all of America's young people will be registered for national service and, drawing on personal information gleaned from the giant government databases now being built, will be assigned to community service, combat service, or homeland defense. The kicker may be a requirement of completed service before access to higher education and government financing for it will be granted. It is not improbable to see a ‘deal' over Social Security reform on the horizon, i.e. in exchange for reduced benefits and an increase in the retirement age Boomer seniors will be guaranteed the services of enscripted ‘community brigades' for home care."(7)
This bargain, Williamson speculates, would include some form of international tax to fund the increasingly militarized multinational institutions that were so conspicuously scorned by the Bush Regime - except for those situations in which Security Council resolutions can be invoked to justify aggressive war.
No American would relish paying such an international tax, of course, and American parents wouldn't readily embrace a return to conscription, "but - having chosen security over liberty - they will eventually resign themselves to their children's ‘universal service.'... And once the intentionally confused and clueless American electorate sees that much of the costs of the War on Terror are being fobbed off on other people through an international tax, that the need for domestic cannon fodder is reduced, and that in their dotage they will have the personal services of young people (to whom they are not related and therefore otherwise not obliged) enforced by the US military [via the Selective Service System], it's quite likely they will largely cheer on the new arrangements."(8)
As John T. Flynn observed decades ago, every collectivist state eventually becomes a permanent war economy. In his indispensable book As We Go Marching, Flynn examined the undeniable but little-appreciated kinship between the Italian and German corporate states and the one that had been inflicted on the U.S.A. during World War II. The real test of one's commitment to defeat fascism, he emphasized, was not the intensity of his loathing for the Axis powers, but rather his eagerness to oppose and reverse America's descent into militarism and corporate socialism.
"Among all the means for producing government-created income none is so successful as militarism," observed Flynn, tracing the progression of that disease in Italy and Germany and demonstrating its ominous parallels in this country. Echoing James Madison's warning that the Warfare State is the greatest enemy of "public liberty," Flynn observed that the key symptom of militarism is the maintenance of "large national armies and navies in time of peace," a condition that rarely persists as long as governments have perverse incentives to entangle their subjects in wars.
"Inevitably, having surrendered to militarism as an economic doctrine, we will do what other countries have done," Flynn predicted in 1944. "We will keep alive the fears of our people of the aggressive ambitions of other countries and we will ourselves embark upon imperialistic enterprises of our own."
To adherents of the New Deal cult, Hopkins – a likely Soviet agent (9) - was Aaron to FDR's Moses: When Hopkins spoke, his voice was giving form to the will of the Dear Leader himself. (10) Following a career as a social worker, Hopkins was appointed as FDR's vicar in charge of warfare. In January 1941 he was dispatched to assure Churchill that FDR would contrive to get the United States involved in the European war.
After FDR successfully opened the back door to war by manipulating Japan into firing the first shot - as Henry Stimson so memorably put it (11) - Hopkins was placed in charge of the Lend-Lease program that built up the Soviet war machine. In that capacity he did more than his share to see that many of the urban poor whose plight had moved him to such distress would be relieved of their burdens by dying in distant battlefields on behalf of London's declining empire and to the greater glory of Stalin's expanding one.
Like the unspeakably evil Bernard Baruch, who presided over Woodrow Wilson's version of war socialism, Hopkins was enchanted by the prospect of collectivizing the entire economy in the name of war planning. Hopkins memorably gave voice to his ambitions in "You Will Be Mobilized," an essay published in the December 1942 edition of American Magazine (and excerpted a few months later in Reader's Digest).
Historian Thomas Fleming, in his important book The New Dealers' War, describes Hopkins' essay as "a draconian sermon" on the supposed virtues of a totalitarian planned economy, in which the author eagerly anticipated "an American Sparta laboring under the grim-visaged bureaucrats of the OPA and other war agencies."
"No one knows how the mobilization of workers will actually operate," admitted the commissar, "but probably at first able-bodied persons in non-essential work will be given a wide range of choices as to what they will do and where they will work." Of course, the only real option would be for workers to "choose" to do as instructed by their superiors: "If they don't move voluntarily, their manpower organization will direct them to specific jobs."
Hopkins cheerfully predicted that earnings and expenditures — in fact, every facet of life — would likewise be regimented by the war planning elite:
"Through forced savings and taxes, our spending will be limited and priorities far more widespread than at present will determine the kinds of food, clothing, housing and businesses which we will have and will affect every detail of our daily lives. We should not be permitted to ride on a train, make a long distance telephone call, or send a telegram without evidence that these are necessary."
For decades, the formula for regimentation described by Hopkins has been followed covertly by the Power Elite. A year ago, David Broder of the Washington Post scandalized the punditocracy by openly endorsing the implementation of that formula as a prescription for both the ailing economy and Barack Obama's increasingly enfeebled presidency.
"I am not suggesting, of course, that the president incite a war to get reelected," lied Broder immediately after doing exactly that. "But the nation will rally around Obama because Iran is the greatest threat to the world in the young century. If he can confront this threat and contain Iran's nuclear ambitions, he will have made the world safer and may be regarded as one of the most successful presidents in history."
How Iran, or any other country on earth, could threaten the world more than a regime capable of concocting a conflict as an economic stimulus program, Broder didn't explain. His suggestion shocked Washington's bien-pensants - not because of its content, but rather because of its candor. It may be obvious to perceptive adults that wars are manufactured in such cynical ways, but it's bad form to offer unvarnished admissions of that kind in public. Furthermore, this kind of thing has been going on throughout most of recorded political history.
Centuries before the phrase "Wag the Dog" entered the American vocabulary, an earlier American superpower perfected the use of politically convenient phony wars. Through the use of stage-managed, conspiratorial conflicts called "Flower Wars," the Aztecs became the dominant Meso-American military power, assembling an empire of tributary states. (12)
"The Aztecs ... were the chosen people of the sun," writes historian Alfonso Casos in The Aztecs: People of the Sun. "They were charged with the duty of supplying him with food. For that reason war was a form of worship and a necessary activity that led them to establish the Xochiyaoyotl, or 'flower war.' Its purpose, unlike that of wars of conquest, was not to gain new territories nor to exact tribute from conquered peoples, but rather to take prisoners for sacrifice to the sun."
Aztec rulers would approach leaders of other tribes and arrange for wars to be fought in which few warriors would be killed, but thousands of prisoners would be taken. Concealing themselves behind a barricade of flowers, the treacherous leaders would witness the consummation of their betrayal as their armies were taken away to serve as fodder for Aztec altars.
The Flower War was devised by an Aztec warlord-priest named Tlacaelel, who for decades was the power behind the Aztec throne. He was also the chief architect of the Aztec kingdom's foreign policy, in which the Aztecs allied with the city-states of Texcoco and Tlacopan against Tlaxcala, Cholula, and Huexotzinco. One historian notes that following the creation of this grand alliance, "the Aztecs carried out these highly ritualized campaigns against their neighbors, especially the Tlaxcalans. Curiously, they refrained from conquering Tlaxcala because it provided a training ground for young Aztec warriors and a source of sacrificial victims." In short, the entire scheme devised by Tlacaelel was intended to bring about a state of perpetual warfare, with the Aztecs either preparing for war or fighting wars against enemies they would never entirely destroy.
Assuming that our own Power Elite pursues a variation of the Flower War strategy would explain a great many things. For instance: Why was our nation led into no-win wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and elsewhere? Why do our rulers persist in creating enemies and then waging inconclusive wars against them? Could it be that our own rulers, like those of the Aztec empire, seek to perpetuate war – just as James Madison had warned - rather than resorting to it reluctantly in the cause of national self-defense?
Some might object that while such conduct might be expected of superstitious, primitive people like the Aztecs, it is alien to the outlook of our own sophisticated political class. But while the Aztecs were indeed superstitious pagans, they were far from primitive, excelling at architecture, astronomy, and mathematics. They regarded the abominable practices of human sacrifice and cannibalism as practical necessities. Similarly, our own Power Elite considers perpetual war to be a practical necessity, as it supplies the fodder upon which its War God feeds: Debt.
In The Creature From Jekyll Island, the definitive study of the Federal Reserve System, G. Edward Griffin points out that a fiat money system such as ours is based entirely on debt. Absent debt, this paper money would effectively disappear. Federal Reserve Governor Marriner Eccles made this point explicitly in congressional testimony in 1941: "If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn't be any money." Charging interest on such debt has proven to be a singularly lucrative enterprise for those belonging to the Federal Reserve's banking cartel.
Nations, like individuals, are devoured by the banking cartel when they are driven into debt. This is the value of creating monsters like Saddam Hussein and other rulers and movements we could call “The Best Enemies Money Can Buy.” Writes Griffin: "If an enemy does not exist at all, it will be necessary to create one by financing the rise of a hostile regime." It is also useful to ensure that neither side emerges as the unambiguous victor.
Griffin calls this framework for perpetual war the "Rothschild Formula," named after the banking dynasty that became notorious for underwriting both sides in various 19th-century wars. The political elitists who follow that formula, Griffin observes, display "cold objectivity, immunity to patriotism, and indifference to the human condition ... [in propelling] governments into war for the profits they yield.... As long as the mechanism of central banking exists, it will be to such men an irresistible temptation to convert debt into perpetual war and war into perpetual debt."
In our parallel with the Aztecs, the banking cartel plays a role akin to that of the Aztec priests who supplied Huitzilopochtli with a steady diet of human victims – and the Greater Depression they’ve engineered would be a huge windfall for those adept in the demonic alchemy whereby the blood of the innocent is transmuted into political power and financial profit.
Written by William Grigg
I fear William Grigg is correct. The Establishment-controlled media has launched an organized effort to convince the American people the current regime in Iran (the U.S. installed it in 1979) threatens the peace of the world.
When will the conflict begin? I don’t know, but I fear Obama will attack Iran because it will help him get re-elected in November 2012.
What can you do? You can obtain copies of the DVDs that we made during the recent Radio Liberty seminar because they will help you convince your friends that there is a godless conspiracy, and that conspiracy controls the world.
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