Slaughter as ‘Simulus’
by William Norman Grigg
Militarism is the one great glamor public-works project upon which a variety of elements in the community can be brought into agreement.
~ John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching (1944).
The Keynesian welfare state is best described as the mild-mannered alter ego of the totalitarian welfare state. The official alchemists responsible for transmuting debt into political power eventually find it impossible to siphon wealth out of the productive class in amounts sufficient to meet the needs of the political class. When this happens, the ruling elite will inevitably turn to bloodshed as a source of economic “stimulus.”
David Broder of the Washington Post scandalized the punditocracy by openly reciting this formula in a recent column as a prescription for both the ailing economy and Barack Obama’s increasingly enfeebled presidency.
“Look back at FDR and the Great Depression,” advised Meet the Press’s resident droning dullard. “What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II…. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran’s ambition to become a nuclear power, [Obama] can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.”