Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black sharpshooter in Dallas, one American reality has gone unmentioned. The U.S. has been fighting wars—declared, half-declared, and undeclared—for almost 15 years and, distant as they are, they’ve been coming home in all sorts of barely noted ways. In the years in which the U.S.
War makes you poor.
And always comes to your door (sooner or later.)
James Madison, Father of the US Constitution said:
In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.
Madison also noted that never-ending war tends to destroy both liberty and prosperity:
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
If a Democrat or Republican gets into the White House this election you can bank on it getting much worse.
From the picture, I think those young men would be disappointed if after donning all that hi tech gear and with itchy trigger fingers, they could not find someone to shoot.
War may make most of us poor and it will surely come to all of our doors, but it does make some people very, very rich and that is why turning off the war machine or even backing off the gas pedal is not going to happen anytime, soon. This year, the U.S. stands to make $40 billion in global arms sales, down slightly from last year's 46 plus billion. Add to that domestic arms sales and all the sales of surveillance and military support equipment and you begin to understand why voting war out of office with either Republicans or Democrats is a pipe dream. The U.S. isn't just an oligarchy, it is an oligarchy in the business of war.
Homeland wars are just what the military industrial complex had planned all along.
Why have all of your profit centers abroad when there is so much money waiting to me made right here in the good old exceptional USA ?
Thank you, this is spot on and not being discussed.
The militarization of the police has given strength to the already systemic racism in the police departments.
Didn't George Bush bring a battalion from Iraq to be stationed here at home to deal with disruptions? Some of you may remember more details but I thought at the time we are heading into a serious police state, since Bush wasn't opposed to breaking laws anywhere he found the need.
Posse Comitatus: Wikipedia states
The purpose of the act – in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 – is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States.
I think the police have been militarized because of this Act. If they can't get around it, they can just turn the police into a fighting force to deal with insurrection. We are watching a civil war in the making.
The neocon/liberal policies have made war a way of life. War on this, war on that, and now war on us. When the police show up with military style equipment the protesters are the enemy.
The two veterans that were the shooters in the attacks on police must have been sick at heart to risk their lives for their country and then come home to be profiled, harassed and treated like second hand citizens. Not Muslims, not ISIS but military veterans. Wake up people, Mr. Englehardt points to a major issue not being fully discussed even among progressives. The war has come home.
Prof Michael Hudson explores this concept in non military facets as will, in his new digital book "Killing the Host."
Right on! Thanks Tom.
The sacry part is eventually we all lose the bit of freedom at least left at present moment. Perpetual war is a threat to democracy, nation and common people. But unfortunately it may continue in the near future. Joblessness, home lessness will definitely rise which would be synergized by the TPP. So just anyone expects chaos would be allover more and more, nationally and internationally as well.
Mars Rules never stops at borders!
As the ideology of "Might makes Right," and "To the victor go the spoils," and "To the victor goes the (writing of the) Historical Narrative"... what apart from universal justice supported by a majority of citizens can stop this dangerous archetype from "destroying the global village in order to purportedly save it" while the Earth Mother's temperature rises to suggest a burning planet that cannot sustain organic life much longer.
The warrior unchecked by the full circle's panoply of geometrically calibrated Living Archetypes is an enemy to all... ALL life as we know it.
If we can get beyond "Ain't it awful" and pursue knowledge of how things became so dangerous, then put our energies into exploring solutions together, WE can continue the "movement" that is already there. By accepting responsibility in that movement so clearly identified by the Bern instead of ranting at each other, OUR power is greater than the small percent now running the economic show. Classism is as deadly as racism. Our masculine/feminism stereotypes also confuse our self identity. We are humans living on one planet with tools to communicate, co-operate, and relate to others with compassion. If we can, in our actions, express love for humanity and our earthly home while we slowly work our way out of the materialism mainstream. We can overcome!
Indeed and be aware that all these Vets with PTSD not being helped by the Govt that abused them will at some time crack. Mental illness is rampant after wars and the outcome is a very low emotional tolerance.
250.000 well trained vets what could possibly go wrong.
I wonder if there is any correlation to the rise in police brutality and the fact that many of our police force have been trained in Israel? https://consortiumnews.com/2015/12/11/chicago-police-adopt-israeli-tactics/