date Jan 3, 2007 10:47 AM
subject Foreign Policy, War and Propaganda
A subscriber sent a cut and paste of a post on an Internet forum by Pat Rogers. For those of you who don’t know, Rogers is a double dipping (retired Marine Corps Warrant Officer AND retired NYPD cop) stereotypical Yankee statist jerk. His post has been lightly edited for grammatical clarity. (What do you expect from a jarhead-cop?)
”I make 5-7 long walks with the pup daily, and while strolling through the 'hood I see a lot. Lately the crop of 9-11 year olds has been out on the street with plastic guns, rucks and patrol caps.
“Understand I live in a nice place, and mostly everyone is gov or military, with a mean rank of 0-6/ GS15.
”Today I heard the kids along a stream that runs past the back of my casa—orders, the ratchet sound of the plastic guns etc. I went out on the back porch in time to see a patrol assaulting through a linear ambush.
“After consolidation they took a break and sorted things out. A young voice cut through the forest. ‘THIS TIME YOU HAVE TO BE THE HAJI'S...’
”Yeah, the kids are playing Cowboy's and Haji's. Things just may be getting better....”
End of Post:
“Getting better?” Hardly! This incident is nothing but crystal clear confirmation of the effectiveness of the awesome Yankee occupier’s propaganda machine. That should not be news to anyone, much less the latest crop of victims currently risking life and limb “serving” the interest of the imperial State and its benefactors in the sand pile. All that Rogers has said is that the State is busily preparing another crop to take their place.
Garet Garrett, in his 1952 pamphlet, The Rise of Empire declared "We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire." And went on to conclude…
“It is our turn.
“Our turn to do what?
“Our turn to assume the responsibilities of moral leadership in the world,
“Our turn to maintain a balance of power against the forces of evil everywhere—in Europe and Asia and Africa, in the Atlantic and in the Pacific, by air and by sea…
“Our turn to keep the peace of the world.
“Our turn to save civilization.
“Our turn to serve mankind.
“But this is the language of Empire. The Roman Empire never doubted that it was the defender of civilization. Its good intentions were peace, law and order. The Spanish Empire added salvation. The British Empire added the noble myth of the white man's burden. We have added freedom and democracy. Yet the more that may be added to it the more it is the same language still. A language of power.”
Randolph Bourne rightfully referred to war “the health of the State" and that alone is ample justification for advocating a non-interventionist foreign policy.
As Murray Rothbard put it in For a New Liberty (http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newliberty13.asp):
“War has always been the occasion of a great—and usually permanent—acceleration and intensification of State power over society. War is the great excuse for mobilizing all the energies and resources of the nation, in the name of patriotic rhetoric, under the aegis and dictation of the State apparatus. It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society. Society becomes a herd, seeking to kill its alleged enemies, rooting out and suppressing all dissent from the official war effort, happily betraying truth for the supposed public interest. Society becomes an armed camp, with the values and the morals—as the libertarian Albert Jay Nock once phrased it—of an ‘army on the march.’
“It is particularly ironic that war always enables the State to rally the energies of its citizens under the slogan of helping it to defend the country against some bestial outside menace. For the root myth that enables the State to wax fat off war is the canard that war is a defense by the State of its subjects. The facts, however, are precisely the reverse. For if war is the health of the State, it is also its greatest danger. A State can only ‘die’ by defeat in war or by revolution. In war, therefore, the State frantically mobilizes its subjects to fight for it against another State, under the pretext that it is fighting to defend them.”
It saddens me to see otherwise intelligent individuals buy into such crap as Rogers has to peddle.
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