The world has not changed. We lurch from war to peace to prosperity and, then, when memories of the prior war has died out and the complacency of the prosperity has lulled and dulled our senses, to war again.
Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was known as the Fighting Quaker and was the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. Some of his quotes…
“I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers.”
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
The “small inside group” is more easily known in the era of the internet, yet the vast majority of people still stare blankly at their televisions imagining that they are being informed.
The vast profits available to government-favoured businesses means that the Millennials and Gen Z, under-educated and sorely misled as they are, will be the cannon fodder of the future.
“If any question why we died, tell them because our fathers lied.” Rudyard Kipling (Kipling’s beloved son, Lt. John Kipling, was killed in the carnage of the Western Front in WW1)