Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: War = Profits

Sunday, February 22, 2009

War = Profits

One product that many take for granted is oil. We need it to operate machinery, cars being the most popular piece of equipment that individuals use on a daily basis. So if someone was to own all the means of production for oil, they would have an unimaginable amount of money. Operation Desert Storm was started up by the American government to stop Iraq from taking over the small, defenseless country of Kuwait. In a poor attempt to hurt Iraq, Kuwait lowered the price of oil, thereby lowering Iraq's profit.

But this trend did not start in the late 1980's to early 1990's. These "profit wars" can go as far back as the 1920's. America was promoting Thrift stamps and War Savings stamps to help soldiers that were fighting in other countries. But America is run on big corporations to help the flow of the economy. So the question is, "Was America deliberately pushed into the war by our captains of industry, for money-making purposes?"

"Our response to these questions is plain. Our democratic system of income tax insures that the rates paid by those who are most well-off are greater than those rates paid by Americans who are less well-off. Tell those who ask such questions, that all Americans are sacrificing to defeat Prussianism, to make the world safe for democracy." (PR!, Stuart Ewen, page 103)

Democracy is good, there is no question about that. If everyone were as wealthy as these CEO's of big corporations, we could have world peace. But that is not the case. The upper class gains profit, at the expense of the lower class. Most of the soldiers are either from middle class or lower class. Why should they put their neck out on the line for these big monopolies, who aren't going to help them out in the future. It's a backwards society, where poor individuals help out the rich folk.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

This is a political analysis, a discussion of corporate power, oil, war, and class. It's fine to make political statements (this is America after all,) but the purpose of these posts is to discuss propaganda, the media & mass persuasion.

So, start with the discussion of the assigned topic and reading and then lead up to your political analysis and commentary by way of conclusion.

2/23/2009 10:38 PM  

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