Waste & Sacrifice

$1.2 billion in ammunition will be wasted by the military. ‘Wasted’ is not the correct word. It is their word. Those were bullets meant for the Godless bodies of the enemy. ‘Wasted’ would not be our word. Perhaps ‘sacrificed’ would be our word. Sacrificed to Molech. Sacrificed to the opposite of labor’s purpose and promise of improving ourselves and others. Sacrificed so that it might not be spent on empowering things for people.

From Orwell’s 1984:

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, of pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labor power without producing anything that can be consumed. A Floating Fortress, for example, has locked up in it the labor that would build several hundred cargo ships. Ultimately it is scrapped as obsolete, never having brought any material benefit to anybody, and with further enormous labors another Floating Fortress is built. In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population.

 

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