I've given much thought to the Iron Mountain" report. Wiki claims that it is a hoax. That isn't possible. It is too well thought out,,, too logical,,, too applicable.
I've excerpted several quotes that will, hopefully, get interested people to read the entire report. The central focus of the report is that peace is not desirable. They also make a good case to prove that the world is not prepared to make the transition.
http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/ha ... n_full.htm
"is the abolition of war, in the broad sense, really possible? If so, is it necessarily desirable,"
"It is not too much to say that general disarmament would require the scrapping of a critical proportion of the most highly developed occupational specialties in the economy"
"Some essential element has clearly been lacking in all these schemes"
"It is the incorrect assumption that war, as an institution, is subordinate to the social systems it is believed to serve"
"Economic systems, political philosophies, and corpora jures serve and extend the war system, not vice versa."
"Proper logical sequence would make it more often accurate to say that war-making societies require---and thus bring about---such conflicts."
"In the case of military "waste," there is indeed a larger social utility. It derives from the fact that the "wastefulness" of war production is exercised entirely outside the framework of the economy of supply and demand. As such, it provides the only critically large segment of the total economy that is subject to complete and arbitrary central control."
"The fact that war is "wasteful" is what enables it to serve this function. And the faster the economy advances, the heavier this balance wheel must be."
"Why is war so wonderful? Because it creates artificial demand
resulting from heavy defense expenditures, has provided additional protection against depressions,"
"The war system,,,Without it, no government has ever been able to obtain acquiescence in its "legitimacy," or right to rule its society. The possibility of war provides the sense of external necessity without which nor government can long remain in power"
"In advanced modern democratic societies, the war system has provided political leaders with another political-economic function of increasing importance: it has served as the last great safeguard against the elimination of necessary social classes. As economic productivity increases to a level further and further above that of minimum subsistence, it becomes more and more difficult for a society to maintain distribution patterns insuring the existence of "hewers of wood and drawers of water". The further progress of auto- mation can be expected to differentiate still more sharply between "superior" workers and what Ricardo called "menials," while simultaneously aggravating the problem of maintaining an unskilled labor supply."
The report goes on extensively talking about the various control mechanisms created for war that are used on the "home" population to keep it in control.
The report is extremely important in understanding today's extravagant expenditures for wars. Keynes would have you believe that counter-cyclical spending is the sure cure for an economic downturn. In fairness to Keynes, he wrote that a surplus should be set aside for counter-cyclical spending. I believe that he did not advocate deficit spending as a cure for downturns.
The report shows excellent rationale far the conclusion that; a population will not bear the heavy yoke of GOV if it doesn't feel an external threat.
Wilson attacked Germany and Japan many months before they finally attacked America. Wilson went to a lot of trouble to insure that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a "surprise". The Lusitania WAS carrying arms when it was attacked by Germany. This was necessary because numerous attacks on German shipping did not produce the required effect. [retaliation]
The U.S.S.R. vs U.S.A. mutual threat fell flat on it's face. The U.S.S.R. collapsed and nobody invaded or conquered Russia. Lacking credible external threats in America, internal threats had to be invented. Wars on terror and drugs, climate, etc.
"faster the economy advances, the heavier this balance wheel must be."
Relating to an earlier RAND study; the U.S. is just not prepared for the unlimited wealth that could be produced by the machine society. GOV feels it incumbent for it to destroy wealth at an ever-increasing rate to keep the economy going.
Let there be no mistake. This is done to maintain the control of GOV. The report claims that we just wouldn't know what to do with ourselves. There is also the claim that over-population would bring a Malthusian future very rapidly. GOV is naked control and brute force. The report concludes that peace would be bad.
I place a lot of faith in man's adaptability.
The report shows a lot of very intelligent deliberation. I believe that it is a roadmap for stasis brought about by fear of change and loss of control.
I don't post things because I believe that they are the absolute truth. I post them because I believe that they should be considered.