imperialism defined

"Bombs do not choose.

They will hit everything."

Nikita Khrushchev

National Security Council

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military -keysianism

"In 2006, the DoD employed 2,143,000 people, while it estimates that private defense contractors employ 3,600,000 workers, for a grand total of 5,743,000 defense-related American jobs.

There are close to 25 million veterans in the US.

Assuming conservatively only two voting-age people per household, this translates into a block of some 60 million American voters who have a financial stake in the American military establishment.

Thus the clear danger of a militarized society perpetuating itself politically.

The selling of war-oriented policies requires the expertise that only a well-oiled propaganda machine can provide." - Rodrigue Tremblay

"In the past nine years, non-industrial production in the US has declined by some 19%.

It took about four years for manufacturing to return to levels seen before the 2001 recession - and all those gains were wiped out in the current recession.

By contrast, military manufacturing is now 123% greater than it was in 2000 - it has more than doubled while the rest of the manufacturing sector has been shrinking.

It's important to note the trajectory - the military economy is nearly three times as large, proportionally to the rest of the economy, as it was at the beginning of the Bush administration.

And it is the only manufacturing sector showing any growth.

Extrapolate that trend, and what do you get?" - Daniel Tencer 2010

September 18, 1947

Truman signs the National Security Act creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council.

Military Keynesianism, as it is now known in academic circles, was first theorised by the Polish economist Michal Kalecki in 1943.

Michal Kalecki argued that corporate political champions tended to bridle against classic Keynesianism; achieving full employment through public spending made investors nervous because it risked over-empowering the working class.

The military was a much more desirable investment from an elite point of view, although justifying such a diversion of public funds required a certain degree of political repression, best achieved through appeals to patriotism and fear-mongering about an enemy threat - and, eventually, an actual war - as unused weapons systems seldom need replacing.

Theories of Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial complex became popular after the Second World War, and perhaps for a good reason.

The prospect of military demobilization in the US seemed alarming.

Elite claimed soaring military spending pulled the US out of the Great Depression and falling military budgets would reverse this process.

The legitimacy of free-trade capitalism could be called into question.


National Security Council drafted a top-secret document, NSC-68.

"The document, which was declassified only in 1977, explicitly called on the government to use higher military spending as a way of preventing such an outcome." - Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

National Security Council Report 68 (NSC-68) drafted under the supervision of Paul Nitze, head of the Policy Planning Staff in the State Department is dated April 14, 1950 and signed by Harry S Truman on September 30, 1950.

[Paul Nitze attended the Hotchkiss School, where he was a member of the class of 1924 and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

He graduates from Harvard University in 1928 and enters the field of investment banking.]

NSC-68 asserted:

"One of the most significant lessons of our World War II experience is that the American economy, when it operates at a level approaching full efficiency, can provide enormous resources for purposes other than civilian consumption while simultaneously providing a high standard of living".

"Previously administration officials had encountered stiff résistance from Congress to their pleas for a substantial buildup along the lines laid out in NSC-68.

The authors of this internal government report took a Manichaean view of America's rivalry with the Soviet Union, espoused a permanent role for the US as world policeman, and envisioned US military expenditures amounting to perhaps 20% of GNP.

Congressional acceptance seemed highly unlikely in the absence of a crisis.

In 1950 the fear that [the North Korean] invasion was just the first step in a broad offensive by the Soviets proved highly useful when it came to persuading Congress to increase the defense budget.

As Secretary of State Dean Acheson said afterwards, "Korea saved us."

Acheson helped design the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The buildup reached its peak in 1953, when the stalemated belligerents in Korea agreed to a truce." - Robert Higgs

"This is military Keynesianism - the determination to maintain a permanent war economy and to treat military output as an ordinary economic product, even though it makes no contribution to either production or consumption." - Chalmers Johnson

"Inevitably, having surrendered to militarism as an economic device, we will do what other countries have done: we will keep alive the fears of our people of the aggressive ambitions of other countries and we will ourselves embark upon imperialistic enterprises of our own." - John T. Flynn

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