Saturday, April 8, 2017

Walrus — The Great illusion

The conclusion of Norman Angells 1909 book "The Great Illusion" was that since Western economies were so intertwined in trade, that war between major western powers was futile, in that the disruption of trade would be so ruinous that war could not lead to sustained economic advantage. Angells conclusion is frequently unfairly misquoted as stating that "war between European powers is impossible" - which World War I emphatically proved was mere wishful thinking. I wonder if the ghost of Angells' acolytes are walking the corridors of Washington at telling President Trump and lawmakers that a confrontation with Russia over Syria is impossible. I disagree with the wormtongues, this could end in general war.
In reading the US "expert" assessments of foreign policy over some time, I am struck by the prevalence and level of wishful thinking among foreign policy idealists that dominate US foreign policy expertise. Conversely, foreign policy realists are not as likely to fall victim to wishful thinking. I would concur with Walrus that the US likely to misread not only Russia but also Iran, China and North Korea. The realists at SST don't call it "the Borg" for nothing.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
The Great illusion

1 comment:

Andrew Anderson said...

When government privileged usury cartels ruin economies, even jobs in war industries become desirable.

The solution is a population much less dependent on working for others (jobs) than is now the case. That requires asset redistribution and, of course, de-privileging the banks to prevent or at least delay the re-occurrence of the problem.

The solution then is reform and restitution, i.e. justice. It's coming eventually anyway (perhaps soon) so I suggest we get on the right side of the issue now:

“And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right? For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent.” Luke 12:57-59 New American Standard Bible (NASB)