By Perry Willis
November 11th used to be called Armistice Day. Americans celebrated that day in memory of the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Please understand…
Armistice Day was a valuable holiday!
It reminded people of the biggest mistake the political class ever made — a world war fought over nothing!
Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their folly, so they eventually changed Armistice Day into something they could exploit — Veterans Day.
Whereas Armistice Day highlighted the dangers of militarism and interventionism, politicians now use Veterans Day to promote those things. They exploit war deaths to advance militaristic schemes, loudly proclaiming…
“Our soldiers fought to preserve your freedom!”
But is that really true? You should stress-test the claim. We think you’ll find it has the same validity as most political statements — little to none. We, at the Zero Aggression Project, have a resource you can use for this purpose. I’ve written nine articles that review major U.S. wars, military incidents, and foreign policy entanglements.
- Were early U.S. wars good or bad?
- Did Teddy Roosevelt co-found the Empire of Japan?
- Did U.S. politicians support the more evil side in World War One?
- How U.S. politicians helped create the Soviet Union
- How blundering U.S. politicians enabled the rise of Nazi Germany
- How U.S. politicians fostered the rise of radical Islam
- Was World War Two a “good war?”
- What if World War Two had been voluntarily funded?
- The Cuban Missile Crisis was a fraud
Each article answers the following questions…
- Did the war or policy defend America?
- Did the war or policy defend freedom?
- Did the war or policy improve the world?
These articles also contribute to answering a deeper question – would we be more secure if the military was funded through voluntary donations, rather than taxes? We believe the evidence is overwhelming that U.S. wars have…
- Endangered U.S. security
- Reduced freedom
- Harmed the world
- Injured and destroyed veterans for little or no benefit
So please ponder the question of how voluntary funding for the military might make us more secure. And if you find the above articles of value, please share them with others. Start conversations about the correct way to honor veterans and the war dead. We believe it should be possible to honor their courage and mourn their loss, without telling lies about how the politicians misused them. We think such conversations could revive what Armistice Day once did for us.