What To Expect, When You're Expecting War
by Paul Rosenberg
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looks like war is is coming upon us once again. Aside from the recent
eruptions in the Far East and Middle East, I say this because of
three basic observations:
- The financial
problems of the major governments are not going away; rather,
they are getting worse. That leaves the operators of these systems
with a choice: They can either find a foreign devil to blame,
or they can take the blame themselves.
- The people
of the modern world have no real purpose in their lives. They
live according to scripts promulgated by others and get all their
thrills vicariously. War will fill a huge gap in their lives by
giving them a 'noble' cause.
- Big media
in the West is the obedient hand-maiden of the state. This has
been true for a long time (look up Operation
Mockingbird), but never so much as now. Real news is
available on the Internet, but the large mass of people still
get their news from controlled sources.
last two points suggest that the rulers can go to war with majority
support, provided that the events are scripted well. And since big
media is under their control, they can create and insert whatever
narratives they like.
perhaps I should add a fourth point: Lots of people make big money
on war... people who are in the habit of employing politicians to
secure and increase their profits.
certainly looks like motive, means and opportunity are all coming
cement the point that it is easy for rulers to stir up War Fever,
let me give you a few quotes from people who have famously done
so in the past:
people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That
is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
there were no Jews, we would have to invent them.
cult of xenophobia is the cheapest and surest method of obtaining
from the masses the ignorant and savage patriotism, which puts the
blame for every political folly or social misfortune upon the foreigner.
~ Mao Zedong
always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception
in politics, and they always will be.
war hits big, we will be confronted with the same old stupidity,
the same old death, dismemberment, pain and suffering, and the same
old mind-bending nationalistic crap. Bloodlust and hate will storm
into vogue, under the flag of righteous indignation. All that is
required are a few horrible video streams and some emotional words.
The talking heads will fall in line with the state's propaganda,
as they always do.
things are exciting, after all, and that matters in a world where
almost everyone lives mundane lives.
people who do the loudest cheering, of course, will be insulated
from actual bleeding and dying.
that said, there will be legitimate fear mixed-in with all of the
above. Large numbers of people die in wars; people just like us.
That is authentically scary. And if nukes, or bio-weapons, or other
technologies of mass-killing are used, things will get VERY scary,
and reasonably so.
is, of course, why we should never give politicians the ability
to start wars. But, that is another subject, for another day.)
perversions of war affect everyone in a culture, to whatever extent
they are in that culture. Willful blindness, chanted slogans, the
glorification of generals and the lauding of soldiers (who are among
the worst victims)... all are common in the time of war. Reason
is quickly pushed away and the basest "us versus them"
existence of the 'good citizen' falls immediately away once the
excitement of war appears. Here, to illustrate, is a passage from
Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges:
invasion transformed the country. Reality was replaced with a wild
and self-serving fiction... All that was noble and good was embodied,
like some unique gene, in the Argentine people. Stories of the heroism
of the Argentine military whose singular recent accomplishment
was the savage repression of its own people filled the airwaves.
of mine, who a few days earlier had excoriated the dictatorship,
now bragged about the prowess of Argentine commanders. One general,
during a dispute with Chile, flew his helicopter over the Chilean
border to piss on Chilean soil. This story was repeated with evident
pride. Cars raced through the city streets honking horns and waving
the blue and white Argentine flag. Argentines burst into the national
anthem and ecstatic cheering at sporting events.
is a very powerful psychological trick behind these things a trick
that makes people feel potent and righteous:
making the enemy purely evil, we make ourselves purely good.
of course, would kill the trick. That's why reason dies so famously
at such times. The bottom line is this:
there is no moral clarity in normal life, people run to it when
it becomes available during times of war.
is what we can expect, if and when war really cranks up. And it
will not be pretty.
forces behind war are huge, and they have a long pedigree. You are
not going to stop them. But if you want to help yourself and others,
try some of these things:
- Opt out
of the main culture and start building your own, new culture.
Turn off the TV and start talking about other things. Let people
think you're weird.
- Start doing
business differently. Separate from the rigged system. We already
have the tools we need; we need only to start using them.
- Be different.
Let people see that you are different. Our way is a better way.
Stop hiding and start living.
- Spend your
time with others who are also different.
- Stay away
from politics in all its forms.
- Be polite,
but don't try to convert people who are in the grip of War Fever.
Let those whose eyes crack open come to you.
- Stay ready
to adapt in any way necessary. I don't really expect the big weapons
to come out, but if they appear, do not delay act and keep
acting to survive. Do whatever it takes, promptly.
that wars can spread wildly. You may have to use violence at some
point, if you wish to survive. Start getting used to the idea.
Yeah, it's ugly as hell, but it's also among the clearest lessons
appears to be coming. Do something about it now.
Rosenberg [send him
mail] is the author of Free-Mans
Perspective, a monthly dispatch on virtue, courage,
science, art, history, philosophy and personal growth.
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