Let's "essay blog" a classic together! This is the essay War is the Health of the State by Randolph Bourne - let's see how this relates to us today. This post is inspired by this great post at Southern Bread which has a great talk by Thomas DiLorenzo.
First part of an essay entitled "The State," which was left unfinished at Bourne's untimely death in 1918- (oh, we'll definitely need to check that out, won't we?)
To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war [World War I] brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time to think about it, would have seemed a sudden and surprising alteration in their habits of thought. In times of peace, we usually ignore the State in favour of partisan political controversies, or personal struggles for office, or the pursuit of party policies. It is the Government rather than the State with which the politically minded are concerned. The State is reduced to a shadowy emblem which comes to consciousness only on occasions of patriotic holiday.
Changing the population to view the State as sacrosanct, as a substitute for the Providence of God was one of the aims of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as we've discussed previously. It was decided that nothing does it like war.
In a republic the Government is obeyed grumblingly, because it has no bedazzlements or sanctities to gild it. If you are a good old-fashioned democrat, you rejoice at this fact, you glory in the plainness of a system where every citizen has become a king. If you are more sophisticated you bemoan the passing of dignity and honor from affairs of State. But in practice, the democrat does not in the least treat his elected citizen with the respect due to a king, nor does the sophisticated citizen pay tribute to the dignity even when he finds it. The republican State has almost no trappings to appeal to the common man's emotions. What it has are of military origin, and in an unmilitary era such as we have passed through since the Civil War, even military trappings have been scarcely seen. In such an era the sense of the State almost fades out of the consciousness of men.Little did the people know that plans were being made behind the scenes to, dare I say, hijack this country and the occupants therein.
With the shock of war, however, the State comes into its own again. The Government, with no mandate from the people, without consultation of the people, conducts all the negotiations, the backing and filling, the menaces and explanations, which slowly bring it into collision with some other Government, and gently and irresistibly slides the country into war. For the benefit of proud and haughty citizens, it is fortified with a list of the intolerable insults which have been hurled toward us by the other nations; for the benefit of the liberal and beneficent, it has a convincing set of moral purposes which our going to war will achieve; for the ambitious and aggressive classes, it can gently whisper of a bigger role in the
destiny of the world. The result is that, even in those countries where the business of declaring war is theoretically in the hands of representatives of the people, no legislature has ever been known to decline the request of an Executive, which has conducted all foreign affairs in utter privacy and irresponsibility, that it order the nation into battle. Good democrats are wont to feel the crucial difference between a State in which the popular Parliament or Congress declares war, and the State in which an absolute monarch or ruling class declares war. But, put to the stern pragmatic test, the difference is not striking. In the freest of republics as well as in the most tyrannical of empires, all foreign policy, the diplomatic negotiations which produce or forestall war, are equally the private property of the Executive part of the Government, and are equally exposed to no check whatever from popular bodies, or the people voting as a mass themselves.
The moment war is declared, however, the mass of the people, through some spiritual alchemy, become convinced that they have willed and executed the deed themselves. They then, with the exception of a few malcontents, proceed to allow themselves to be regimented, coerced, deranged in all the environments of their lives, and turned into a solid manufactory of destruction toward whatever other people may have, in the appointed scheme of things, come within the range of the Government's disapprobation. The citizen throws off his contempt and indifference to Government, identifies himself with its purposes, revives all his military memories and symbols, and the State once more walks, an august presence, through the imaginations of men. Patriotism becomes the dominant feeling, and produces immediately that intense and hopeless confusion between the relations which the individual bears and should bear toward the society of which he is a part.Do a study sometime of trauma-based mind control. It's a time-tested means of manipulating a large population. If it wasn't our government wouldn't have spent billions perfecting it. This falls right in line with what the Reece Committee found out - starting wars to transform societies. Like the Lord Jesus said, there will be wars and rumors of wars. WHY? How else will the antichrist build up his superstate, but to trauma-control the nations with war. With each war, we find more centralization. Let me digress a moment to an Alfred Lloyd Tennyson poem that is key here:
For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rain'd a ghastly dew
From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central blue;
Far along the wold-wide whisper of the south-wind rushing warm,
With the standards of the peoples plunging thro' the thunder storm;
Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furl'd
In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe,
And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal law.
This is the poem Locksley Hall, published in 1842 and very influential on some important people. According to Arthur Schlesinger, noted high brow historian, Winston Churchill considered this "the most wonderful of modern prophecies". (^ Schlesinger, Arthur Jr. "Bye, bye, Woodrow." Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: Oct 27, 1993. pg. A16) Harry Truman carried these words around with him in his wallet. Anyone else think that's kind of creepy? Let's look into two aspects of this poem, the political and the religious angles:
Firstly, the protagonist is looking into the future, where he sees massive war, but out of this war comes the "Parliament of man, the Federation of the world". In other words, there is no more fighting because we're just one big, happy country called the UN or the League of Nations, etc. Also note how the earth itself is at peace with all this. Doesn't that tie into the whole environmentalist angle of world government? They keep trying to use the earth worship stuff as a pretext or a reason for authoritarian control. Because the war business is becoming increasingly contrived as we reach the endgame, they're pulling the "green card" to control us that way as well, trying to wrap it up in that "universal law".
Now as the KJV fundamentalist you're mother always warned you about, let me give you the prophetic angle on this: Satan has nothing to go on but what God has already written down. He has no ability to create anything new, so he can only copy what God has done, but he does it in the most perverse way possible. His antichrist will seek to copy the true Christ complete with a "new heavens and earth". Already, he is preparing the way for this with the latest blasphemous Bible versions, the 100 year degradation of the church, the destruction of the family, the deliberate corruption of children, sorcery (translated from the Greek, pharmelekia) aka drug use, both illicit and prescription, oppositions of science so falsely called (psychology, climate change, etc.) That's why it seems like things are coming apart at the seams, because we have evil, pure evil, that has been working overtime for 100 years to get us to this very point.
What about Tennyson? What was his spiritual condition? Well this quote tells me that he was not born again:
"Self reverence, self-knowledge, self-control these three alone lead to sovereign power."
--- Alfred Lord TennysonThe Lord Jesus tells us to put ourselves last, not first. Why would you reverence yourself? In me is no good thing, but my only righteousness is the righteousness of Christ. These one-worlders do not acknowledge the divinity of Christ, but are under a dark influence. It would seem to me that the vampire squid, the NWO, or whatever you want to call it, seems to be amplifying the curse that the world is under. Realize that at the Fall of Man, sin entered the world, and the world itself changed from how God created it. That is why Jesus told us that there would be earthquakes, floods and so on at the time of the end. This also brings us back to the point of war - war amplifies the power of the State and de-emphasizes the individual. After each war of the past 100 years, we see larger portions of land, people and money fall into fewer and fewer hands. I would contend that we are one World War away from the witting or unwitting followers of the evil force that will lead to the antichrist, from taking total control of the world's money supply. One could argue that they already have. They took out Libya for the crime of wanting to go on an African gold standard. Oh, we'll not be getting back to what God calls money. Satan is a counterfeiter: he can't take this world with real money, so he uses fiat; he can't make people worship him outright, so he uses the occult and subtle lies to knock people off the narrow path; he wants that worship so bad, he'll form a tyrannical super-state to get it, but he has to use obfuscation and lies to get there.
Praise God he won't succeed, but you ought to make your calling and election sure TODAY! You don't want Lucifer to take you down with him, which is the best he can hope for.