FYI, A Youtube channel which explores World War I in detail and in “real time.”

Crony capitalists do well during wartime. There is a lot of money to be made in guns, bombs, and death. World War I, or as it was called, “The Great War” was the first time such destruction (and war commerce) was wrought on a global scale. I personally find it a fascinating time.

Consider that the Federal Reserve, the income tax, the plane, the tank, the machine gun, chemical warfare, The Soviet Union, and the First World War itself were all born within a few years of each other.

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100 years ago next month World War I started, How the “War to End All Wars” defined the 20th Century

War is the health of the State…in general, the nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war. Loyalty – or mystic devotion to the State – becomes the major imagined human value. Other values, such as artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed, and the significant classes who have constituted themselves the amateur agents of the State are engaged not only in sacrificing these values for themselves but in coercing all other persons into sacrificing them.

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