There was an interesting flamewar in the comments on a post by Captain Capitalism. The question was “Does a disabled military veteran drawing a disability check count as a productive member of society?” One rule is “The amount of hostility an idea receives is directly proportional to the importance of the subject.” If lots of people get offended by a subject, that means it points towards a forbidden truth.
I’m offended that Captain Capitalism censored one of my comments. That puts him in the “blogs I don’t comment on” category. I have zero tolerance for censorship. Why should I spend time contributing to someone’s website or forum, when they’re censoring me? There are lots of people who crack their pro-State brainwashing in one area, but fail in others. Captain Capitalism still falls for the lie “Support the troops no matter what.”
The standard argument is “I risked my life protecting your freedom! I deserve this disability check!”
Unfortunately, most wars are not about protecting freedom. They are about protecting profits for US corporations and for the military-industrial complex.
For example, Gaddafi and Libya decided to nationalize US-corporate-owned oil wells, just before the US-backed revolt. Is that a coincidence? Blackwater and Bechtel make a ton of money off war. Halliburton received no-bid contracts to manage oil wells in Iraq.
A pro-State troll says “Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were evil people! We had to get them!” Both of them were formerly on the US government payroll. These “evil dictators” run 3rd world countries precisely because they were puppets chosen by the US government.
The politicians also hide behind fake complexity. “We’re smarter than you! We know things you don’t! Murdering these Arabs is important because we said so!” If I question the usefulness of war, the Statists claim that soldiers are the only ones preventing my murder. I should have the freedom of buying protection from anyone, not just the State military monopoly.
A politician says “We have to occupy their country because they’re terrorists!” The terrorists say “We have to do this, because they’re occupying our country.” All the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq accomplished is that they’re recruiting and motivating the next generation of terrorists.
If you were wounded sincerely protecting my freedom, you deserve your disability check.
If you were wounded so that US corporations could make more money, you don’t deserve your disability check.
A pro-State troll says “A soldier is just following orders! It’s not my fault that I was ordered to commit crimes!”
The soldier did have a choice. He could have refused to enlist in the first place. You don’t abdicate all moral responsibility, just by joining the military. (That was not true back when there was a draft. However, there were plenty of loopholes for serious draft dodgers. In part, the draft ended because it was too embarrassing the way that insiders exploited loopholes. Also, people who didn’t want to die in stupid wars were organizing anti-war protests.)
My parents were careful to tell me “Joining the military is a bad idea.” If your parents were too stupid to properly educate you, then it’s natural selection at work when you get disabled as a soldier.
A pro-State troll says “Blame the leaders and not the individual soldiers.” That is false. The evil leaders would have no power, if not for the people who obey orders without thinking for themselves.
War is one big scam. War is the health of the State. If you’re opposed to war, you also should oppose the soldiers who fight that war.
I am sympathetic to people who were tricked into enlisting. I am sympathetic to people who enlisted due to economic conscription. (“Economic conscription” occurs when people are so poor that their best career option is joining the military.) However, you’re still responsible for your own decisions.
I sometimes see veterans on the subway, doped up on psychiatric drugs. I feel bad about that. (I can sometimes tell they’re veterans based on their T-Shirt.) It is offensive that they stupidly enlisted, and then had their life ruined. (The stress of war causes some soldiers to start cracking their pro-State brainwashing. Then, psychiatric drugs are used to cover up the symptoms.)
However, everyone is responsible for what they do. If you’re dumb enough to enlist and get disabled, that’s your problem. You should have done your due diligence before joining a criminal organization.
The economic system is collapsing. Once that happens, payments to disabled veterans will be worth $0.
I got robbed via taxes to pay for the war. I get robbed again via taxes to support payments to disabled veterans. I pay more than half my income in taxes (direct and indirect). More than half the government’s budget is military spending. In effect, 1/4 of my labor and my life goes to supporting the US military. Soldiers and police are only “protecting” me so that I can be milked as a tax slave.
It is very hard to criticize the military or veterans. The mainstream media gives them an aura of invulnerability. There are lots of hidden advertisements for war. Like Captain Capitalism, most people react with reflexive hostility when you criticize soldiers.
“Oppose war but support the soldiers” makes no sense. If you’re opposed to war, then the soldiers who fight that war are criminals.
War is one big crime. If you’re stupid enough to enlist as a soldier, then you deserve all the bad things that happen to you. Everyone is individually responsible for what they do. If you got disabled serving in the military, tough luck. You weren’t defending my freedom. You risked your life for nothing. You got disabled or killed for a lie. You just were protecting US corporate profits.