A collection of videos and quotes for Remembrance Sunday,
followed by questions at the end.
Video by Stefan Molyneux
Full text (and leave a comment) here.
“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany.
That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goering at his Nuremburg trial.
Watch the whole series here.
Those who promote war – and those who organise, fund and support the waging of war as a policy – want to achieve what?
C It’s not that simple, let me explain….
Imagine the following scenario. A man gets drunk and then recklessly and irresponsibly drives home at high speed. On the way he loses control and crashes his car into an oncoming vehicle. A passer by sees the accident and races to the burning wreckage and risking his life he drags unconscious bodies out of the vehicles and saves three lives out of the five people involved, sustaining severe burns and cuts in the process.
Without doubt the man is a hero. But does such heroic action and bravery in the face of danger mean we should also glorify and celebrate drunk driving?
A Yes we should. That makes perfect sense to me.
B No. Although the passer by is a hero for rescuing three people, we need to maintain a distinction in our minds between his heroic actions at the scene (of a crime) and the actions of the other guy – the reckless idiot who’s drink driving caused the whole tragic situation which killed two people.
In parades and ceremonies of war remembrance are we encouraged to maintain in our minds a clear distinction between:
- those caught up in war (soldiers or civilians) who exhibit bravery, selflessness and heroism in the face of unbelievable dangers, horror and adversity
- those who fund, manipulate wars from a safe distance – profiting (politically, financially etc) from the actions brave soldiers, profiting from destruction and profiting from the death and suffering of others be they military or civilian, men women or children?
A Yes this distinction is always heavily emphasised because it is so important
B No this distinction is never made at all
C Not only is this distinction never made, it feels like the distinction is deliberately blurred so that we end up honouring those who are responsible for war and who profit from war in ceremonies that are supposed to be about honouring the victims of war.
Currently in our statist system called a ‘democracy ‘, the state funds its wars by extracting money from the public’s earnings by force. In addition, loans are forcibly taken out by the state in our names and in the names of future generations who are as yet unborn in order to pay for the state’s wars. You see, wars are very, very, very expensive indeed (which means some people are making a LOT of money from them).
If YOU wanted to start a war and you went around trying to force everyone else to pay you money so you could buy weapons and train armies and stuff, and if you tried to take out fraudulent loans in their names as well, what do you think would happen?
A People would tell you to shove it up your arse
B People would be absolutely fine about the whole thing
Please answer this question again, only this time imagine that you have control of (or significant influence over) the education system, mass media and mass entertainments.
Why do YOU personally fund the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
A I don’t fund wars
B I fund these wars because I believe they will bring peace
C I fund these wars because my contribution to them is taken from my earnings by force.
We teach our children not to use force or violence to get what they want and not to steal from others to get what they want. These are examples of what’s known as ‘universal morality’. Please watch this video.
Should universal morality be applied… you know…. universally?
A Yes – unless it is applied universally it counts for nothing!
B No – extreme and systematic violations of universal morality by those in positions of power are perfectly acceptable, and won’t lead to a broken society, a world of perpetual war,a collapsing economy and high level corruption (despite all the evidence demonstrating that it obviously does lead to all these things).