Apr 13, 2014

War is the health of the State

“War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties; the minorities are either intimidated into silence, or brought slowly around by a subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them really to be converting them. Of course, the ideal of perfect loyalty, perfect uniformity is never really attained. The classes upon whom the amateur work of coercion falls are unwearied in their zeal, but often their agitation instead of converting, merely serves to stiffen their resistance. Minorities are rendered sullen, and some intellectual opinion bitter and satirical. But in general, the nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war. Loyalty — or mystic devotion to the State — becomes the major imagined human value. Other values, such as artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed, and the significant classes who have constituted themselves the amateur agents of the State are engaged not only in sacrificing these values for themselves but in coercing all other persons into sacrificing them.Randolph Bourne (1918)

Antietam Music From Elba LP (Homestead Records, 1986)

Antietam – War Is (The Health Of The State)

Danny & The Parkins Sisters ‎s/t LP (Modern Masters Music, 1982)

Danny & The Parkins Sisters – War
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The Red Crayola The Parable Of Arable Land LP (International Artists, 1967)

The Red Crayola – War Sucks

Dicks Peace? 7" (R Radical Records, 1984)

Dicks – No Fuckin' War

Omega Tribe No Love Lost LP (Corpus Christi, 1983)

Omega Tribe – My Tears