Why we’re sliding toward WWIII is an interesting if unsettling article worth attention and consideration. Especially if we recall that a war occurs while our politicians hold our coats while we fight. You may or may not agree with that, as seems right to you.
As for us:, we note two things: First, the world is polarizing around two power clusters. One is the pre-existing U.S./Europe of recent history; the other is China, Russia and Iran at the moment. Those are the likely opponents per the linked article. The new “Axis and Allies” as it were, if one were casting a war.
We’re expecting war too, if for our own reasons. We recall that President Roosevelt needed WWII because his nostrums for the Great Depression didn’t work. You’re correct, that’s not what they taught in school, but it is what happened nevertheless. (“America’s Great Depression” by Murray Rothbard)
President Roosevelt forced the Japanese to attack by denying them access to oil (beginning to sound familiar?). From there, all were behind him and he was elected to the fourth term that ultimately gave rise to the present two term limit. Never mind that his depression fix failed just as had the same one in the hands of his predecessor, Hoover.
Now again, the politicians and their battening bankers have hollowed the world economy with spending via debt that cannot be repaid. And they must continue spending; cuts will deprive too many voters of too much largesse.
What to do? Enter war to justify damn-the-torpedoes spending and retire ahead of the sheriff. “Apres moi, le deluge! …”
And everyone tightens his belt and feels good about it, rather than blaming the politicians and complaining. It’s been working for millennia.
So, as we run up toward international financial collapse, war seems likely. The match is already lit in the Middle East, right? And just about every major country is in pretty much the same shape, so “world wide” is already in the script.
The script joker is Islam, if it pulls together instead of fractioning along the lines set up by the Europeans after WWI. We’ll see. Islamic re-unification seems unlikely to us. But we know nothing.
But what’s your though? Do you see our politicians admitting they’ve blown the world economy? Maybe, we doubt it. A distracting war seems a lot more in line with history.
What’s you bet?