Central Planning: “Today Your City, Tomorrow the World.” The Economics of War
“When authority presents itself in the guise of organization, it develops charms fascinating enough to convert communities of free people into totalitarian States.”
—-“The Times” (London)
War, central planning and economics go hand in hand.
The perceived threat of an enemy compels efficient organization of resources, the unifying of creed, and the sacrifice of individual liberties in obedience to the great authority of The State. Peoples such as the Spartans, Greeks, Romans, Japanese, Prussians and Germans are known for their heroic warring spirit.
It has long been recognized that Presidents, Caesars, Emperors, Fuhrers, Dictators, Kings, and Despots, create “wars” in order to increase their power and remove individual sovereignty in exchange for promises of safety and provision.
Governmental office holders tend to concentrate power, multiply bureaucrats, legalize plunder and manipulate lives under the guise of “war.”
In light of the 21st century German resurgence into the western world, particularly via trade, business investment, manufacturing mergers, management and production ventures, it is helpful to acquaint folks with the traditional character of the German Volksgemeinschaft (people’s community) and certain attributes of the German character.
Organize communities, industries, economies, nations: the World.
Friedrich Hayak (1899-1992), Austrian economist, comments on German socialist economists Werner Sombert and Johann Plenge, who welcomed the “German War” as the inevitable conflict between commercial civilization and the heroic culture of Germany.
“The “German idea of the state,” as formulated by Fichte, Lassalle, and Rodbertus, is that the state is neither founded nor formed by individuals, nor aggregates of individuals, nor is its purpose to serve any interest of individuals. It is a Volksgemeinschaft in which the individual has no rights but only duties….the war [1914-1918] had helped the Germans to remember that they were really a people of warriors, a people among whom all activities and particularly all economic activities were subordinated to military ends.”
“Organization is to him [Plenge], as to all socialists who derive their socialism from a crude application of scientific ideals to the problems of society, the essence of socialism.”
Keep in mind that the majority of Germans, then and now, as well as the majority of Europeans, hold to Darwinian social evolution and see it as their role as nation states to propagate their interpretation of organized society to the rest of the World.
Johann Plenge continues,
“Because in the sphere of ideas Germany was the most convinced exponent of all socialist dreams, and in the sphere of reality she was the most powerful architect of the most highly organized economic system. —In us is the twentieth century…Our ideas will determine the aims of the life of humanity…..the needs of the war have established the socialist idea in German economic life, and thus the defense of our nation produced for humanity the idea of 1914, the idea of German organization, the people’s community (Volksgemeinschaft) of national socialism….
Without our really noticing it the whole of our political life in state and industry has risen to a higher stage. State and economic life form a new unity…The feeling of economic responsibility which characterizes the work of the civil servant pervades all private activity.”
Power concentrates via organized obedience.
Germans are validated by their work ethic, their productivity, their systematic regimentation, and as efficient, utilitarian driven organizers. Approbation from superiors will fuel a German for a lifetime…coupled with an oath, for eternity. German children are trained to be obedient, without question, to the authority set over them and the creed that is ingrained. Germans are capable of intense focus, martyr-like sacrifice and the ability to prioritize based upon assigned responsibilities for the good of the whole. Germans know how to work and how to command others to work.
Historian philosopher Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) notes in Prussianism and Socialism:
“…The German, more correctly, Prussian, instinct is: the power belongs to the whole…Everyone is given his place. One commands or obeys. This is…authoritarian socialism, essentially illiberal and anti-democratic, in so far as English Liberalism and French Democracy are meant…There are in Germany many hated and ill-reputed contrasts, but liberalism [eighteenth century liberalism] alone is contemptible on German soil.
The structure of the English nation is based on the distinction between rich and poor, that of the Prussian on that between command and obedience.”
Recall that it was Prussian leader Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), the Iron Chancellor, who engineered the unification of the 39 German states in 1871. Von Bismarck organized the new German Empire so that he was the first Chancellor and that Prussia was on premier footing. Bismarck is also noted as the first to introduce the Prussian system of economic administration of the socialist Welfare state.
“In Prussia there existed a real state in the most ambitious meaning of the word. There could be no private persons. Everybody who lived within the system that worked with the precision of a clockwork, was in some way a link in it. The conduct of public business could therefore not be in the hands of private people, as is supposed by Parliamentarianism. It was an Amt [civil office, bureaucrat position] and the responsible politician was a civil servant, a servant of the whole.”
“The “Prussian idea” requires that everybody should become a state official—that all wages and salaries be fixed by the state. The administration of all property, in particular, becomes a salaried function. The state of the future will be a Beamtenstaat [Bureaucratic State].
But, “the decisive question not only for Germany, but for the world, which must be solved by Germany for the world is: Is in the future trade to govern the state, or the state to govern trade?”
Oswald Spengler, Prussianism and Socialism, 1920
One that appears to be being answered today by the central planners and functionaries of the fiefdoms as hoards of businesses, many German-USA linked manufacturing ventures, align with workforce development initiatives designing factory workers, technicians, regimented fabricated laborers via State education like the militarism of yore.
Recall that the American education system for the last century has been organized via brick and mortar institutional architecture, regimented sports programs and U.S. Department of Education standardized testing, and coerced curriculums to fashion behaviorally conditioned factory laborers and soldiers. This is now catalyzed by the technological revolution in teaching machine e-learning “education”, aka Automated Pavlovian dog apparatuses. B.F. Skinner melds with Steve Jobs funded by bogus philanthropists married to central planners.
Producing citizens with a broad base of knowledge, capable of self-governing and self-sufficiency should be the role of education. The choice of labor, whether it be factory, desk, field or home, ought to be up to the individual, not the central planner.
It shall be interesting to observe how the efficient utilitarian German organizers command, orchestrate, and stratify the midwestern natives into obedience and motivate the nations’ entitlement recipients to productive citizenship.
A review of the Weimar regime provides clues…. Recall Indiana was the first state in the world to pass a forced sterilization law in 1907. Same technocracy in place, just more gigabytes…or is it terabytes in the T4? https://dawnkazmierzak.net/2014/07/17/double-trouble-a-tale-of-two-republics-eugenics-genetics-and-history-repeating/
“Denn heute dahort uns Deutschland und morgen die ganze Welt”
Because today Germany hears us, and tomorrow the entire World.
Hitler Youth (NADSP) Horst-Wessel Song
The propagated creed of the 21st Century Technocracy of the totalitarian State, organizing a smarter planet, producing obedient regimented serfs.
Friedrich Hayak, The Road to Serfdom
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