The Cost of War vs. The Cost of Peace

I listened to Waking Up #26 – The Logic of Violence today. I was left troubled by the way that Sam Harris seemed to be drawn down the garden path by his guest.



This is another episode of a podcast that I’m listening to and wondering “What Would Jim Wright say about this?” I mean, he wouldn’t be critical of the man’s service, that much is sure. He has a rule about that which I agree with. There are a few other points that can be made without going there. The Iraqis asked us to leave, so insisting that we stay just invalidates the premise that we went there on, to free the people. So too the majority faction voted for the government they have, which created the fertile ground that Daesh spread into.

Syria and Russia contributed to the current mess Daesh mess, and too few voices point this out. Shall we go to war with Russia over Syria? Daesh is a world problem, it should not fall to the US to fix it, or should it? Are we the world’s policeman now, is that our job?

Allusions to the paving stones in the road to hell, or to what ‘big brother is watching’ means in a twenty-first century war aside, I have to really wonder at intelligent people who claim that war ended the ideas of fascism while the Republican front-runner openly voices fascist proposals and is applauded for it. Fascism is clearly alive and well here in the US.

We having an identity crisis right now. Perhaps we should figure out who we are before we try to tell others who they should be.

Facebook musings duplicated on the blog at the time. Linking for reasons of personal sanity. 

I.O.U.S.A. It’s the Debt, Stupid!

I haven’t seen this film yet…


I.O.U.S.A. Movie Trailer

But nothing in the trailer surprises me. Looking forward to catching I.O.U.S.A. this Thursday. For those of you who might doubt the size of the monetary problem we face, here’s a Presidential candidate weighing in on the issue…


Barr: Americans must see I.O.U.S.A.

I’ve been worried about this subject since before America: Freedom to Fascism aired; I started buying and selling silver because of it. This is the reason why the War on Terror can’t run for a hundred years, no matter what John McCain may say; and it’s the reason why none of Obama’s societal changes stand a chance of working. The debt is the 900 lb. gorilla in the room. Time to talk about it.


Mea culpa review 2018. I have eaten a Big Bowl of Crow since publishing this and other thoughts on many subjects. This is yet another post where my own lack of foresight made the article virtually useless; which ought to give anyone pause who thinks they know what the future holds on any subject, especially when it comes to murky subjects like money and finance. Not understanding that Youtube links might not function properly as the internet evolves and changes, I never bothered to tell even myself what it was the youtube links went to. Going back through these articles I’m left with having to guess my own mental states and projections from the time to piece together what it was that I thought I was saying with the various links that no longer work. So it is with money, especially hard currency, which you have to be able to barter for goods in order for it to have any value at all. When no one takes the silver you have, you might as well throw it away or sell it to a smelter for silver weight, because it has no other value aside from what it is made of. It certainly has no relation to the value stamped on it. This is true of silver coins whether they are officially minted with ridiculously low values on them, or privately minted with ludicrous values on them that no one will honor.

That doesn’t necessarily change the value of questioning debt and spending which can’t be sustained, such as what we spend on healthcare and the military in the United States, but it does change the calculation as to the value of spending on children and parents so as to assure that their dependents grow up understanding the value of society and the benefits of it.

As for the link to the Bob Barr video, or what groundshaking thing I thought it said, that is lost to history unless some other sleuth wants to track it down and find out for themselves. I did find a link to the blog his campaign maintained at the time and linked it under the broken youtube shortcut. That will have to do. I wish you luck, time traveler. 

A year before voting, a discontented nation

Not that I pay too much attention to polls, but:

In all, 72% of those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Oct. 12-14 say they are dissatisfied with how things are going in the USA while just 26% are satisfied. Not since April have even one-third of Americans been happy with the country’s course, the longest national funk in 15 years.

…the current landscape is the sort that in the past has prompted political upheaval and third-party candidacies. The last time the national mood was so gloomy was in 1992, when the first President Bush was ousted from the White House and H. Ross Perot received the highest percentage of the vote of any third-party candidate in 80 years. Bill Clinton was elected amid economic angst.

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…But don’t worry. The politicians have arranged it so that those messy and scary third party candidates will not appear on the horizon this time, to draw attention away from the all-important choice between American socialism, and American fascism.

You can rest assured of only two candidates on the debate platform when ‘left’ meets ‘right’ next year, no real (non-government) solutions to problems, and lots of promises that will never be remembered after election.

One might say, now that meaningful minority voices have been silenced politically (or will be soon) that the next revolution is well and truly started.

…But then I’ve been predicting that for years. Still don’t see much change occurring. Good change, that is. Plenty of bad change on the horizon.

Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. –George Santayana

This struck me as an appropriate quote to answer the inevitable questions of “why” one would go back in time and tarnish the good name of FDR by equating him with Hitler and Mussolini (and to some extent, Stalin) I have long thought that Roosevelt’s reign as president was anything but good; and it would be hard to paint many of his actions with a more dingy color than the facts already contain.

However, there are socialist instructors in our gov’t run schools to this day, and they insist on placing FDR on a pedestal and crediting him with ending the Great Depression and saving the world from fascism; when nothing could really be further from the truth.

Here’s a snippet from the review of the book Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933 – 1939, by Wolfgang Schivelbusch over at CATO’s website:

FDR himself praised the Prussian-German model: “They passed beyond the liberty of the individual to do as he pleased with his own property and found it necessary to check this liberty for the benefit of the freedom of the whole people


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The Great Depression only got to be the great depression through gov’t intervention in the markets, both before and after the stock market collapse in 1929; and it would be hard to say that FDR saved us from fascism when he was so enamored of it. Fascism exists to this day in the US because of this man; and it continues to persist because people refuse to learn from history, to their own detriment.