Friday, June 22, 2012

Guerras civis em perspectiva

A guerra-de-Lincoln-para-impedir-a-secessão-decidida-pelos-orgãos-legislativos-estaduais dita civil americana fez mais baixas de americanos que o conjunto das duas guerras mundiais.

Parece que agora acham" inaceitável" as guerra civis com vítimas civis. Quem são alguns dos que mais acham "inaceitável"? Os mais prontos a recomendar a intervenção externa com bombardeiros humanitários. Terá sido uma pena o bom Império da altura (o Britânico) não ter parado o conflito, os rebeldes agradeceriam ainda hoje.

ps: coincidência saiu hoje um artigo no zerohedege: Propaganda,Lies and War

"(...) When Lincoln ran for president, his platform was based on Henry Clay-inspired mercantilism where he promised to maintain a high protective tariff that would serve Northern industrial interests while impoverishing the South’s still predominantly agrarian economy.  This, of course, angered the South much like it did when John Quincy Adams imposed the same type of tariff in 1828 which lead to the Nullification Crisis.  With the Morrill Tariff, which increased the tax on dutiable imports by about 70%, put in place by President Buchanan two days before he left office, the South stood ready to secede. (...)

Lincoln thought war would rally the North behind his special-interest driven agenda.  The South sent numerous commissioners to Washington in the hopes of finding a peaceful solution to secession.  Lincoln ignored all of them.  As he stated in a letter addressed to Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune:

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.

So why is this version of the Civil War not taught in public schools? It’s a simple answer when you consider the driving force of statism.

When Randolph Bourne opined “war is the health of the state,” he was referring to how war is used as a means to enlarge the authority of government over everyday life. "

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