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Systemic neoliberal “rationalism” recruited to prepare us for nuclear war?

Get used to it!

by system failure

Some thoughts on an article of NY Times under the title “The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth”:

The world just hasn’t had that much warfare lately, at least not by historical standards. Some of the recent headlines about Iraq or South Sudan make our world sound like a very bloody place, but today’s casualties pale in light of the tens of millions of people killed in the two world wars in the first half of the 20th century. Even the Vietnam War had many more deaths than any recent war involving an affluent country.” [!!!]

Which means that we must go backwards instead of evolving as humanity, creating mass bloodbaths for the benefit of the few?

This view does not claim that fighting wars improves economies, as of course the actual conflict brings death and destruction. The claim is also distinct from the Keynesian argument that preparing for war lifts government spending and puts people to work. Rather, the very possibility of war focuses the attention of governments on getting some basic decisions right — whether investing in science or simply liberalizing the economy. Such focus ends up improving a nation’s longer-run prospects.

Which means that we should play with fire just to make capitalism keep running?

It may seem repugnant to find a positive side to war in this regard, but a look at American history suggests we cannot dismiss the idea so easily. Fundamental innovations such as nuclear power, the computer and the modern aircraft were all pushed along by an American government eager to defeat the Axis powers or, later, to win the Cold War.

Possible translation: It may seem repugnant but get used to it!

War brings an urgency that governments otherwise fail to summon. For instance, the Manhattan Project took six years to produce a working atomic bomb, starting from virtually nothing, and at its peak consumed 0.4 percent of American economic output. It is hard to imagine a comparably speedy and decisive achievement these days.

Which means that the US must build a more effective weapon to destroy the planet faster in order to boost the economy?

Ian Morris, a professor of classics and history at Stanford, has revived the hypothesis that war is a significant factor behind economic growth in his recent book, “War! What Is it Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization From Primates to Robots.” Morris considers a wide variety of cases, including the Roman Empire, the European state during its Renaissance rise and the contemporary United States. In each case there is good evidence that the desire to prepare for war spurred technological invention and also brought a higher degree of internal social order.

Internal social order? (!!!)

Naturally, the article ends with a preferable stance to peace, but the indirect warning "The real questions are whether we can do any better, and whether the recent prevalence of peace is a mere temporary bubble just waiting to be burst." sets the real goal:

Living in a largely peaceful world with 2 percent G.D.P. growth has some big advantages that you don’t get with 4 percent growth and many more war deaths. Economic stasis may not feel very impressive, but it’s something our ancestors never quite managed to pull off. The real questions are whether we can do any better, and whether the recent prevalence of peace is a mere temporary bubble just waiting to be burst.

Furthermore, the economic totalitarian throught is more than obvious here, as it puts in the same equation the increase of GDP by 2 pc and the death of maybe millions! As expected, the death of millions is not of course out of question, but only less preferable against these "big advantages".


As Paul Craig Roberts writes in recent articles:

... Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony.

... US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases.

Washington has been convinced by neoconservatives that Russian strategic nuclear forces are in run down and unprepared condition and are sitting ducks for attack. This false belief is based on out-of-date information ..."



Some, like Roberts, are trying to warn us, that the Washington neocon "hawks" truly believe that they can win a nuclear war. Maybe they've already started the preparations using the mainstream media: From anti-Russian propaganda to natural acceptance of a nuclear war - brainwash. A sick neoliberal "rationalism" overdose - which in reality and out of our Matrix-world is pure madness - may be proved very useful, especially for the latest.

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