A Condensed Version of: Properties of Empire by Garet Garrett.
Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
Part III. 1952.
That is what happened to Rome and to every Empire including the British and now us.
As we convert into a garrison state and build a terrible war machine, every domestic policy will be conditioned by foreign policy.
Government tells us that our survival as a free nation is at risk. That makes it simple because, if that is the case, then there is no domestic policy that may not be sacrificed—even freedom. We no longer have a choice between war and peace. We are committed to perpetual war. If it is a question of survival, domestic policies are unimportant. If necessary, all private property may be confiscated and all labor conscripted.
The American mind is conditioned to accept this. For proof, consider the blind resignation with which the lead editorial of the October 31, 1951 edition of The New York Times was received by the people: “…the Korean war has brought a great…change in our…way of life…forcing us to adopt measures which are changing the whole American scene and our relations with the rest of the world……which will affect the lives of a whole generation. The productive effort and the tax burden resulting from these measures are changing the economic pattern of the land…What is not so clearly understood…is that these are no temporary measures…but rather the beginning of a wholly new military status for the United States, which seems certain to be with us for a long time to come.”
The people have felt helpless about it as if it were not the harvest of our foreign policy but Jehovah acting through the Russians to afflict us.
(Editor’s Note: And now, 55 years later, “a long time to come” has arrived. The same can be said about our most recent adventures known as “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”)
To be continued
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