“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”
– Ernest Hemingway, Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter
The transition from total war to world peace will go a lot faster if you, dear Reader, recognize and own your own power. Own it and participate.
Without the reality, or a credible threat, of total war, Big Government loses its existential justification.
We — including you — created the Big Government for very good reasons. Now, for very good reasons, we are going to dismantle it. (It won’t dismantle itself. And yes, the empire is sure to strike back. But advantage: rebel alliance.)
Peace, to be sure, is provisional. Its prospect is not guaranteed. Yet the tilt of the terms of engagement now is in liberal republicanism’s favor and against Big Government. Peace favors liberal republicanism.
For the first time in a century, the deck is stacked in favor of liberty. Do help it along. As Roger Mexico memorably declares, in Thomas Pynchon’s tour de force Gravity’s Rainbow, “My mother is the war.” Spot on.
Certainly, war is the mother of the state. Without the reality, or a credible threat, of total war, Big Government loses its existential justification. Without such justification, it is doomed.
Well, the World War is over and Mom’s dead. All unnoticed, Big Government has been orphaned. It has lost its protectress. Absent a successful concoction of a casus belli by the warmongers among us, Big Government is set to fall. If we play shrewdly the hand we have been dealt, Big Government will fall faster than most of us yet imagine possible.
Big Government didn’t just happen. We the people built our little government into a big one, and for good reason. Big Government was our tool to take down the biggest, absolutist, most totalitarian and corrupt governments since Imperial Rome: the pure despotisms of National Socialism, militarism and communism.
Then… we won. The long war is over. But we haven’t quite noticed. Now we are beginning to take notice. We notice, too, that the power is ours for the taking back. We will take it back.
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