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Make war exorbitantly expensive so common people and even uncommon people
will believe they are getting something important. The great
turn‑of‑the‑century economist Thorstein Veblen‑‑who so adroitly documented
and labeled this value of "conspicuous consumption"‑‑has left to us the
application, not only to further capitalize it but also to "make a killing"
with capital gains.
Create suspicion around all skeptics and always have increasingly expensive
military hardware proposals so peace initiatives are seldom given serious
consideration. Advance ludicrous peace proposals on occasion to show
absurdity of counter plans to ''military intelligence." Use oxymorons to
Always use slogan language closely related to the science, facts and
fantasies of the popular culture. The great film actor and two term
President, Ronald Reagan, used us and Star Wars with uncanny skill, borrowing
his scripts and scenes from Star Trek. Our proto‑economists and Pentagon
potentates skillfully went "off budget" with many military expenditures and
relied exclusively on military lexicons for terms like preparedness,
security, "peace is our profession," strategic defense systems, smart bombs
and patriotism. Desert Storm was a logical consequence of desert invasions.
Make the reports show provoked response and self defense. Mirage derives from
mirages. Spuds scrub, reversing the scrubbing of spuds, our old familiar
term for potatoes, in the Kitchen...
Use colorful language.
Engage in brinkmanship in staff and material allocations which cast doubt on
the patriotism of any and ALL skeptics. However, create rumors and
speculations that the brinkmanship is a modest response to gargantuan threats
from "evil empires."
Show dramatically the unemployment threats to civilians when military
cutbacks are proposed for deficit reduction. Deny ignorance and incompetence
in transition from defense spending to civilian development.
Isolate and intimidate any doubters of valiant militarism.
Propose multilateral support from allied tribes. Appear generous with special
materials. Never appear to be causing hardship to enemy civilian populations.
Finance propaganda on disloyalty and subversion from within and blatantly
show treason and terrorism by depressed, unassimilated ethnics of the same or
related background of the alleged enemy.
Create. manipulate and distribute military media, toys, medals, photographs,
and ribbons which support the credibility of war solutions in other eras,
using not only our own history but that of current allies (being careful
never to indicate that have been arch enemies in other wars).
Appear honorable even when behaving in the most dishonorable ways of war.
Pretend that the worst losses we have suffered are due to some scrimping of
loyalty or some error of judgment of an unpopular military commander, leading
astray his troops. Sacrifice occasional commanders when circumstances are
propitious. Make martyrs of lost‑troops such as the servicemen "lost" at
Pearl Harbor and "gallantly" sacrificed on Iwo Jima. Closet the most
traumatic reports of suffering as military secrets except when reports can
Be stingy with the honor of martyrdom. Create a generous supply of live
heroes with very few disabilities. Avoid letting any disabilities verify the
horrors of war. Be very, very careful to judge the appropriate number of
heroes and make them all politically, socially, economically, racially,
linguistically correct... Under‑represent minority groups among the heroes,
because disgruntled minority heroes can make excessive post hoc demands
unbecoming to war causes.
Dramatize the comradeship, victory processions, and music of war. Disavow
that "since wars begin in the minds of children..."
Create splendid shrines of some utility. Spare no expense on exquisite
cemeteries, but limit occupancy so as not to show the high mortality of
militarism. (We did not miscount. The military gives many more orders than it
No One drew the line at Ten...