Substitutes For The Functions Of WarSubmitted by Chris Conspiraski on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:02
SUBSTITUTES FOR THE FUNCTIONS OF WAR
Report From Iron Mountain: On The Possibility and Desirability of Peace
pages 47-8 of pdf
The following substitute institutions, among others, have been proposed for consideration as replacements for the nonmilitary functions of war. That they may not have been originally set forth for that purpose does not preclude or invalidate their possible application here.
a) A comprehensive social-welfare program, directed toward maximum improvement of general conditions of human life.
b) A giant open-end space research program, aimed at unreachable targets.
c) A permanent, ritualized, ultra-elaborate disarmament inspection system, and variants of such a system.
a) An omnipresent, virtually omnipotent international police force.
b) An established and recognized extraterrestrial menace.
c) Massive global environmental pollution.
d) Fictitious alternate enemies.
SOCIOLOGICAL: CONTROL FUNCTION.
a) Programs generally derived from the Peace Corps model.
b) A modern, sophisticated form of slavery.
a) Intensified environmental pollution.
b) New religions or other mythologies.
c) Socially oriented blood games.
d) Combination forms.
A comprehensive program of applied eugenics.
No replacement institution offered.
The secondary requirements of the space research, social welfare, and / or eugenics programs.