When it comes to history the following is a plausible story.
“WW1 started in 1913 with the British invasion of Iraq. This followed much jostling with Germany, led by Kaiser Wilhelm, the man who would have been King Of Britain under today’s inheritance rules. The Imperial powers (roughly Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Japan and USA) all had trade interests supported by big armies and navies and had even engage in joint actions, such as that against China in 1906. Britain, France and Russia had intended to invade the USA in 1861. The USA had War Plan Red until WW2, which was concerned with invasion by Britain, and even built some air bases near Canada, fearing invasion through Halifax.
Millions protested before WW1 but could safely be ignored. This war left Germany with reparations it could never pay. It’s people were generally poor in comparison with the British, though the country was clearly leading in science and culture. Money poured in under Hitler, with large investments from the USA and banks such as JP Morgan (who had financed much of UK war effort). The US and UK continued a policy against Japan, starving it of oil and imposing tariffs on its textiles. WW2 broke the imperialism of France, Germany, Japan, UK and USSR, with the only victors being the USA – who then prevented Franco/British attempts at a ‘come back’ in 1956.”
I’ve always found the American victory difficult. One can hardly doubt the spirit of its peoples’ war effort – the questions would concern the extent to which the victory was actually the unfolding of a plan and whose plan this was.
In more recent times, Iraq is invaded again, Saudi is controlled by a freak monarchy under US “control” and the invasion of Iran is only an Israeli away. Bliar is JP Morgan’s bag man out there, and led us into an illegal, unwanted war that has killed in hundreds of thousands, despite being protested by millions. The excuses for going into the Iraq war look as ludicrous as those for the War of Jenkin’s Ear. China is now the eastern power with vast manufacturing capacity and a shortage of oil and other commodities.
I’m fairly sure history is repeating itself. Both Churchill and Bliar may have been plants in our political system to do American bidding – but I doubt ‘American’ is quite the right term. The increases in productivity in agriculture, manufacturing and even such matters as domestic cleaning should, by now, have produced a world of material plenty for all and much greater freedom from ‘disciplinary government’ and such sanctions as unemployment and poverty. Instead, we are on the road to serfdom and find we have no democracy ‘because of global competition’.
I can support this historical version and expand on it. I remain to be convinced of it myself, but the gist of it seems more likely than not. I’m well aware of the alternatives and the standard model that has WW1 starting because some toffs were shot at by a guy outside a butty shop, or the irreversible German railway play (AJP Taylor). One should be able to engage in speculation and I’ll even speculate our view of E = MC2 is wrong.
And this is where we have gone wrong as a society – we can’t engage in practical, speculative, scientific dialogue. The history above may be wrong – but it isn’t as wrong as the political-economic bullshit that holds us in fealty and which just happens to be the only political-economic bull that holds wages down, makes the rich richer and leads to war and planet burning. How the fuck did we get this stupid? – it must have taken an awful lot of practice and schooling!
The idea of TINA (there is no alternative) is utterly stupid and passed off by ruthless bastards who would do anything to retain their privilege and the means to get their jollies – whether Thatcher through lapping up the Iron Lady adulation or some bwankster flashing out mega-cash on drugs and prostitutes. If we can create viable alternatives (at least in narrative) to Churchill as our great hero, we can clearly come up with alternative economic-political propositions on how to change things that aren’t either lunatic rich or lunatic leftie.
I don’t care whether Churchill or Bliar were good guys or the most appalling war criminals working at the behest of foreign interests. I do care we are so dumb we believe in TINA or even organise public dialogue against it.