In the first post of this series Dredd Blog used the word "wartocracy" to indicate a type of government.
That word envisions a form of government based on the lusts of those few who control the reigns of war departments of government, specifically those who harbor and seek to increase the lust for war (Is War An Art or Is War A Disease?).
Since "lust" is difficult to condense into a concept of action at a governmental level, we have also viewed it from the perspective of "bullying" as envisioned by George Orwell, which he wrote about as bullying at the governmental level rather than at the individual level (Bully Worship: The Universal Religion).
The point being made in all of this is that the character of any government cannot be discerned nor described by the mere use of the word "government".
So, Dredd Blog got more into it by considering the various words used to characterize different types of government, different because they behave differently from one another:
The reality becomes at once obvious when one considers the many different forms of government that exist, or have existed, over time:(Who Are The Job Creators?). "What are some of the signs of a Wartocracy Dredd?", you may be wondering, so let's take a look:
Androcracy, Aristocracy, Autocracy, Communist state, Confederation, Consociationalism, Corporatocracy, Corporatism, Demarchy, Democracy, Despotism, Empire, Ethnocracy, Fascist state, Federation, Feudalism, Garrison state, Gerontocracy, Green state, Hierocracy, Isocracy, Interregnum, Kakistocracy, Kratocracy, Kleptocracy, Kritarchy, Kritocracy, Kyriarchy, Logocracy, Matriarchy, Mediocracy, Meritocracy, Minarchism, Monarchy, Nanny state, Nation-state, Nomocracy, Noocracy, Ochlocracy, [Oilagarchy], Oligarchy, Panarchism, Pantisocracy, Parliamentary state, Patriarchy, Provisional government, Plantocracy, Plutocracy, Police state, Polyarchy, Presidential, Puppet state, Republic, Socialist state, Sociocracy, Squirearchy, Stratocracy, Sultanism, Superpower, Supranational union, Synarchy, Technocracy, Thalassocracy, Theocracy, Timocracy, Tribe, Tyranny, Unitary state, [Wartocracy], Welfare state(Forms of Government). The creation of jobs in an Autocracy does not take place in the same manner as it does in a Communist state, for example.
It’s pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you.(Tom Dispatch , emphasis added; see also HuffPo). This is why Dredd Blog points out that war is the Highway 61 of the 1% (War is the Highway 61 of the 1%).
Now, consider question two in our little snap quiz of recent war news:
In 2011, what percentage of the global arms market did the U.S. control?
a) 37% ($12.1 billion), followed closely by Russia ($10.7 billion), France, China, and the United Kingdom.
b) 52.7% ($21.3 billion), followed by Russia at 19.3% ($12.8 billion), France, Britain, China, Germany, and Italy.
c) 68% ($37.8 billion), followed by Italy at 9% ($3.7 billion) and Russia at 8% ($3.5 billion).
d) 78% ($66.3 billion), followed by Russia at 5.6% ($4.8 billion).
Naturally, you naturally eliminated “d” first. Who wouldn’t?
The correct answer for 2011, however, is the singularly unbelievable one: the U.S. actually tripled its arms sales last year, hitting a record high, and cornering almost 78% of the global arms trade.
We talked about what a U.S. General and a Secretary of Labor called "a coup d' etat" in yesterday's post (Ye Olde Gunboat Diplomacy Rides Again), so let's finish with what a former Deputy Secretary of The Treasury says about it:
... as a presidential appointee to high office, I had high level security clearances. In addition to my duties as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, I had FEMA responsibilities in the event of nuclear attack. There was a mountain hideaway to which I was supposed to report in the event of a nuclear attack and from which I was supposed to take over the US government in the event no higher official survived the attack.(Paul Craig Roberts, emphasis added). As the song lyrics say, "this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around".
The government’s agents and apologists try to deflect attention from disturbing facts by redefining factual evidence revealed by experts as the product of “a conspiracy culture.” If people despite their brainwashing and lack of scientific education are able to absorb the information made available to them, perhaps both the US Constitution and peace could be restored. Only informed people can restrain Washington and avert the crazed hegemonic US government from destroying the world in war.
The previous post in this series is here.
The lyrics to the following song ("Life During Wartime") are here.