Why Remembrance day is more about deflection and forgetting

One of the things I hate about Remembrance Day is that we are forced to ignore or forget some pretty important things about wars. First, wars are always fought by cannon fodder proxies of capitalists. Rich old men and women whose greed far exceeds their humanity send, through their government beards, youth to die for their bottom lines. Now I already hear people saying “Well, Hitler was not one of them, he was a serious threat to the world”. Yes he was but who enabled him to become so? German industrialists with the help of their capitalist business connections throughout the world. Plus the banks worldwide were quite willing to fund his murderous military schemes and social engineering. Add to that the ridiculous reparations the victorious WW1 allies imposed on Germany and the race was on to the profit-fest that was WW 2. Wars today are even more profitable. The military weapons manufacturers and all their ancillary businesses are interwoven into worldwide capitalism and they must be fed. Once again evil mostly old capitalists make fortunes arming the world and then providing the “economic” sparks for conflagration. (Don’t forget that the internet and cell phones that all us “peaceable” people use are military products.)  So when governments worldwide engage in their deflection remembrance ceremonies for all the men and women who fought and died, it is good to remember who they “actually” died to protect. It was not you or I nor was it to protect our cultural norms and values. It was for capitalist profit and capitalists never remember you except as consumers of their will to death.

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About flexosaurus

I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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