Why the Empire Never Sleeps: War Finance Made Easy, Part 3 – Antiwar.com Original

May 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodrow Wilson’s Folly gave rise to more than the 1,000 year flood of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism and their state orchestrated campaigns of mass murder.

It also opened the door to massive, cheap war finance. And that baleful innovation has sustained the Empire long after Hitler and Stalin met their maker and the case for the Indispensable Nation had become ragged and threadbare.

In the context of American democracy – special interest dominated as it is – the greatest deterrents to imperial adventurism and war are the draft and taxes. Both bring home to the middle class voting public the cost of war in blood and treasure (theirs), and force politicians to justify the same in terms of tangible and compelling benefits to homeland security.

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: War Finance Made Easy, Part 3 – Antiwar.com Original

Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 2 – Antiwar.com Original

May 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The rise of the murderous Nazi and Stalinist totalitarian regimes during the 1930s and the resulting conflagration of World War II is held to be, correctly, the defining event of the 20th century. But that truism only begs the real question.

To wit, were these nightmarish scourges always latent just below the surface of global civilization – waiting to erupt whenever good people and nations fell asleep at the switch, as per the standard critique of the British pacifism and US isolationism that flourished during the late 1930s?

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 2 – Antiwar.com Original

Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 1 – Antiwar.com Original

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.0 trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it.

That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver’s seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlements-driven Welfare State to be curtailed.

The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving to be utterly incapable of laying a glove politically on Obamacare/Medicaid. At the same time, boomers keep voting for the GOP’s anti-tax allergy, thereby refusing to tax themselves to close Washington’s yawning deficits.

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 1 – Antiwar.com Original


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