Category Archives: Anti-War
Another ANZAC day has come and gone, with the year 2015 most notably being the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in modern day Turkey.
Another ANZAC day has come and gone. To those residing outside of Oceania, It’s the annual commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), which is supposed to honor all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced his plan to declare February 2nd “Chris Kyle Day” in the state. That’s right, we celebrate mass murderers now!
In an announcement sure to make every peace-loving Libertarian (let alone anybody capable of a rational thought) cringe at the seams, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced his plan to declare February 2nd “Chris Kyle Day” in the state. That’s right, from now on, until the day you die, an entire day of the Texas calendar year will be devoted to a home-grown mass murderer. Just how low as a country can we get? This jingoistic nonsense is absolutely absurd.
‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle and the fictional Helicopter Door Gunner from ‘Full Metal Jacket’ share several disturbing similarities.
This past weekend, millions of Americans shelled out a tenner (or more) to see ‘American Sniper’, the Clint Eastwood directed bio-pic of the deceased military sharpshooter Chris Kyle. Blue Pill Americans, or those who continue to espouse the illusary belief that the United States is the “greatest country in the world”, and that military service members are “heroes” no matter what they do, without doubt made up a majority stake of the cinema goers.
The Department of Defense has spent $15 million on a website that some veterans, activists and historians accuse of sanitizing the U.S. military’s actions in the Vietnam War with historical revisionist propaganda. Over 3 million North and South Vietnamese were killed during the conflict, which inspired a massive anti-war movement in the US. This and other important facts and context, however, are noticeably absent from the Pentagon’s so-called ‘accurate representation’ of the conflict.
A freight train carrying a whole column of American tanks and other armored vehicles has been caught on camera in Latvia. Dalbe Railway Station, where the train was reportedly spotted several days ago, is less than 300km from the Russian border. Now just think about this for a second. How would the U.S. government react if a train full of Russian military equipment was less than 300km from the U.S. border in Mexico!? A bit hypocritical to be doing this don’t you think?
“Punishment takes several forms. I don’t deserve good relationships. I don’t deserve a happy life. I deserve to be tormented with flashbacks, nightmares, and other unpleasant symptoms. Basically I deserve to be placed under court-martial and executed. Since the military hasn’t bother to court-martial me and execute me, I’m going to do that to myself”
Psychiatrist Dr. Colin Ross discusses the issue of military men committing suicide. Is this really due to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after combat, or is there a connection between the over-drugging of soldiers on psychotropic medications?
Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying that “nothing is certain but death and taxes”. But he can actually add one more certainty to that list. “War always comes home”. While people who start wars rarely think about it or plan for it, war always comes home.
After World War II and the Korean War, thousands of American soldiers came home with PTSD and other physical and mental wounds of war. Unfortunately they never received the treatment and help that they needed. After Vietnam the American soldiers came home with PTSD, while also carrying home diseases thanks to exposure to agent orange. Heroin addiction was also rampant.
Today that exposure to agent orange in Vietnam is still being felt, as is the heroin addiction. After the first Gulf War, American soldiers came home with high levels of depleted uranium in their blood, and they had children who were born with debilitating birth defects. Which brings us to today…
Dr. Robert Higgs is a Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, which is based in Oakland, California. A champion of liberty and Austrian economics, Dr. Higgs was recently featured as a guest lecturer at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama for the 2014 Mises University week.
In this lecture, he professes how war leads to big government, a subject which he has written about extensively for over thirty years. He furthermore beseeches upon the students in attendance, most of whom are young Libertarians, that warfare makes an absolute mockery out of everything that we hold dearly.