In case anyone is in the mood to deepen their state of depression, you can do no better than to read Hunt Tooley’s book, The Western Front. A particular gem comes from page 43, where Tooley is describing for us the popularity of the first World War among certain groups at home. Here is Ralph Raico’s summary of that passage:
Especially ecstatic were the intellectuals, who viewed the war as a triumph of “idealism” over the selfish individualism and crass materialism of the “trading and shopkeeing spirit”, i.e. free-market capitalism.
I’ll have many more of these to share in the coming days. And for all these years I was under the impression that both world wars had something to do with saving us all from being enslaved. You know, making the world “safe” for capitalism.