We are made to believe that a global war is a solution to a global economic/financial crisis, presenting the opulence of Western Europe after World War II as proof.
War is by far the most expensive project man can ever be forced into. It’s so expensive that it quickly depletes any resource, even that of empires.
How does borrowing billions further for useless destruction AND needless reconstruction solve an impoverishing crisis?
Something else had to be at work after WW II.
WW I made the global economic situation so much worse that the rival nations had barely the time to catch their breath before being forced into the much more devastating WW II only two decades later.
But after WW II, the yet greater financial crisis and devastation was relaxed by the ingenious Marshal Plan which consisted of American donations and loans to what is now known as the Western European countries.
These donations were contingent on buying American goods, ensuring a rapid recuperation for the Western Europeans and a dynamic industry for the Americans.
The Marshal plan also shielded the devastated Western Europe from the temptation of joining communism and its centralized, utterly collectivist social order and marked the beginning of American leadership of Western Europe.
Without the Marshal plan, it took almost forty years for the Soviet Union, the true victor of WW II, to recuperate from the war effort and just as it had, it was tricked into enormous military expenditures. To avoid the risk of an extinction - level third world war, it attempted in vain to match Regan’s massive deployment of NATO forces at its borders. Naturally it went bankrupt, was dismantled, and contracted debt.
In Western Europe, the economic crisis was only resolved by the Marshal plan creating an environment of abundance even if strings were attached.
A Marshal plan before WW I would have been nice…
Consequently the solution to any economic crisis is never the small, temporary and fickle abundance acquired by war at the expense of a rival, but a planetary “Marshal plan” investing in science to create a permanent abundance for all with no strings attached.
Science is now able and ready to create the only alternative to war: abundance. Our nations should negotiate possibilities and modalities without delay. If we were actually governed by Direct Democracy where no lobby could pilot our representatives into announcing a system change while actually fighting the idea itself, we would have been in an advanced stage of negotiations already; the catastrophic Political/economic/ecologic situation would have rendered it imperative.
The only victors of war are the money lenders to both manipulated sides/victims, weapon manufacturers and all sorts of global parasites.
War is always about acquisitions, be it land, riches, control or markets, and in general for the benefit of industrial/economic/financial conglomerates, while the people die, lose everything and burden their future generations with debt.
Instead of making the victor richer, war makes all sides/victims poorer… debt… to be paid later… always later.
But the “winner” does have a priceless, immediate prize:
It gets to fall on its knees later than the loser when the debt acquired for causing destruction to the rival and reconstructing the destruction caused by the rival kicks in.
Like a duel where both antagonists kill each other, but the winner dies ten seconds later, enjoying the sweetness of “the great victory”,
… for ten seconds.