Monday, April 4, 2016

imperial history 2 of 3-article 2 of 2 today

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If you look at history from the viewpoint of your conqueror,  things make a lot more sense.  Yes, granted, on the personal level it was only greed and vanity and hate that motivated the individuals in power, but if you look at the forces that propelled them in certain directions things make more sense.  And things are also easier from a future prophecy standpoint.  No one in the US said, hey, look, if we don’t want to die or lose power we must beat the other empire builders at their own game ( or, perhaps a few smart ones did indeed ), but looking back in hindsight you can see how whatever motivated them had the same effect.  It was an age of Big Fish Eating Smaller Fish.  Go Big Or Go Home.  An Industrial power can be small, such as to an extent Japan or even Switzerland, but they are only peripheral players allowed by the imperial powers for whatever reason.  Looking at Japan, you could see why she had no other choice but to expand.  She had no resources.  Germany at least had one region with coal and iron to kickstart itself whereas Japan had pretty much zero ( for all intents and purposes ).  Switzerland, as Japan, could trade for what they needed, but Japan was also surrounded by enemies in an age of navies ( leaving her isolation as no safeguard-Admiral Perry taught her that lesson ) whereas the Swiss had a mountain redoubt in an age of tanks-making her a bit more secure.  Japan but not Switzerland can be said to almost be destined to expand in defense. 


So, why did the US feel it needed to grow to defend itself?  I would image it didn’t.  Expansion was economically built in.  And not just expansion but military expansion, whether it was official sanctioned by state militia or settlers going their own way.  The South was always looking for more farm land to feed its exports machine and the North was always looking for more agricultural lands to feed its cities and find a place to house its arriving immigrants too numerous to work in factories.  And after nearly three hundred years of aggressiveness against the natives, war and fighting and taking what you want becomes a bit ingrained in your cultures.  Why wouldn’t the Northern factory owners think it was a good idea to promote a candidate that enraged and enflamed the South into secession?  War is great business for a new and fledgling industrial economy ( but NOT an old and tired and bankrupt one such as we are now ).  And of course, after the war you can’t just let your factories become idle again, now could we?  Keep expanding and start an empire.  Since the colony of the South was giving you all the agricultural products you needed, now nearly free, you could expand your factory system westward and start harassing little brown people overseas for fun and profit.


With us, it wasn’t survival per se ( not that we wouldn’t have been defeated by foreigners had we split in two-you don’t think Britain and France weren’t eyeballing us as a new or renewed colony when thinking to support the South?  I don’t think the Emancipation Proclamation stopped them, but an analysis of our wartime military production and the probable reaction of its competitors.  Hell, even Russia was taking sides to safeguard its interests ) but mostly just the one thing Americans excel at above all others-naked and unbridled greed for money.  Money and its worship were at the root of empire ( notice how much more religious folks get the poorer they are?  The rich had Mammon to worship, the poor, God ).  Not that the Brits were free of greed, just that their empire was built first with business prospering second, whereas the US always put business first with the empire riding those coattails.  Remember what I said recently about us endangering ourselves by leaving our borders open to a failed state, just for the sake of some profits turning corn into fuel ( also for the sake of lower wages, but regardless I would not be planning on making the extreme southwest my home unless you know what you are doing ).


Continued Next Time.


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  1. (And of course, after the war you can’t just let your factories become idle again)

    Don’t know if it’s true (but it makes sense) but I’ve read that modern fertilizers are made from the same material as bombs were for a few reasons. First they work to grow plants (probably not all that healthy for us, but what do they care?) second it was a way to keep making money and keep the bomb making factories going.

    This is why it’s so easy to turn fertilizers into bombs as this is what it was originally made for.

    Chuck Findlay

    1. After the Civil War, most fertilizers were still coming from Chile and such. It wasn't until the Haber-Boesh process of using carbon fuels and a catalyst under high pressure to produce artificial fertilizers that the nitrate bottleneck was breeched and allowed huge profits. Prior, natural sources in foreign lands limited supply. Of course, your point is still valid, but I think it might be an apples to oranges comparison prior to WWI.