Martin Armstrong On The (Imminent) Economics Of War

Tyler Durden's picture

"What jumps out at you from the data concerning war is very simplistic – war does not unfold when everyone is fat and happy.


Turn the economy down and war rises just as we are seeing wide-scale civil unrest.


These trends go hand in hand.


Government often NEEDS war because when the people get angry, they go after government.


In self-defense, government ALWAYS needs to blame some other country or group."


-Martin Armstrong

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Zadok's picture

But of course they do...Otherwise, they get strung up for their crimes. Ultimate irony.

Arius's picture

this guy is just an anti -goldman kind of guy ... light weight

So Close's picture

Given the simple truth of this... what does it say about society?

Arius's picture

what society?

you mean serfs?

Dick Buttkiss's picture

Why, of course the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. … But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.

Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering; see WikiQuote here:öring; additional background here:


Keyser's picture

More people are waking up and calling bullshit on the establishment. Case in point, the backlash from constituents sent the message loud and clear that Americans did not want a war with Syria. The people are less likely to follow the war drums, especially if it's Obama sounding the call to war. TPTB will have to find another boogieman to rally the people against. My guess it will be an alien false-flag to scare the shit out of the sheeple and start a stampede to the government's tit. 


KnightTakesKing's picture

Agree except the aliens (in truth, demonic fallen angels) aren't a false flag. US Government's been collaborating with them for a long time now.

Mister Kitty's picture

What a bunch of bullshit.  What?  Are we souless chimps.  Bastards.

Anusocracy's picture

Gotta take advantage of that ingroup-outgroup moral divide when the domestic government is on the verge of becoming an outgroup itself.

People have to realize that government is always the outgroup that is the most dangerous.

f16hoser's picture

Not this time. We're on to the little buggers!

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Where's Dick Cheney when you need to start another senseless war.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Anyone else notice that Cheney seems to have permanent snarl on his face. This must be normal for psychopaths I guess.

Jack Burton's picture

For many soldiers the Vietnam war was an on the ground blood soaked hell hole, Mr. "war monger" Cheney sought and got deferment after deferement to avoid any service in the US military at that time, all the while a firm advocate of the war. Like Bush, well known for his pro-Vietnam war stance, Cheney found a way out, at a time when many young kids enlisted willingly and millions were drafted and served as orderd.

Now these two, Bush and Cheney both,are super patriots. And many Americans, to this day, believe Bush and Cheney to be patriots of the highest order. Both are fuckers, one is a coward, the other is still AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard.

Cheney is an evil fuck. Bush was a clown and a puppet, much like Obama. Both simply follow orders from the elite rulers behind the scenes. The thing is with Cheney is he IS one of those elite rulers behind the scenes. HE is a string puller, and Obama dances, just like Bush, to the Cheney tune. Cheney is up to his lips with the corporate military industrial complex. He chose not to fight for America, but he dose choose to gain profits from America's wars instead.


Dick Buttkiss's picture

Whoever down-voted you no doubt thinks Snowden is a traitor. Poor slob. Enough like him and there's no hope.

But there is, as the deciding factor need not be anywhere near a majority:

Canoe Driver's picture

Exactly. Why do you think the Congress will not protest Executive Orders? It's not because they are scared of Obama.

Moe Howard's picture

Obama didn't even register for the draft.


What's your war record, btw? Just wondering.

johny2's picture

the sheep will be sheep.


try and tell someone that the reason for the state of the human society as it, is design of the financial system. In most of the cases they will tell you it is too complex and they prefer to talk about less complex issues. Just as intended.


“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

- banned commentator

jimmytorpedo's picture

Wasn't Voltaire on CNN just last Tuesday?

That guy is worse than Marc Faber.

Doom porn and hogging the limelight.

Don't worry, happy.

johny2's picture

Is there anything to watch on CNN?

Anyway, Voltaire was a great writter. Some things he got right and at the same time he was completely deluded about other things. The quote above was one of the things he got right. Taylor had to ban some of the most enlightening commentators, and Voltaire for sure would last short time as a commentator here.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

"Voltaire for sure would last short time as a commentator here."

Why would that be?

"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

"The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third."

"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong."

"It is lamentable that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind."

Just getting warmed up.

StychoKiller's picture

Candide: "Tend to your garden(s)."

ACP's picture

Obama's inability to start a foreign war is exactly why he is trying to start a civil war in the US, starting with internal strife here and there and ending up with an actual war war.

Buying weapons to kill your own citizens can work well also, as well as letting in tons of killers and others who want to destroy it.

analyzer_66's picture

War on white and dark man. Machiavelli singing in the background.

Mr Lucky's picture

No, the war with Syria was stopped not by Americans objecting, but by the skillful diplomacy of Putin.

Jack Burton's picture

Latest figures show Syrian rebels come from dozens of different nations. As many as 1,400 +  Europeans are fighting as Al-Qaeda troops in the Syrian democratic revolution. Video threats have already been made by some of these Europeans against their home countries, calling for terror attacks and Jihad in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Scandinavia after their return to Europe. In response to these threats, David Cameron of Britain has called for more arms, money and intelligence support for these rebels. Cameron is a dupe of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the USA. The triple alliance of Al-Qaeda funders.

yogibear's picture

That pissed-off the Saudis and Israel. Obama and Lurch thought the Syrian war was in the bag. Guess Putin figured out the dumb and dumber game.

WTFUD's picture

'piss on the saudis'
Lurch, i like that!
Lurch-a-lot, me thinks; most apt.

gruden's picture

How about starvation?  Hunger focuses the mind better than anything.  If the military is the only outfit that guarantees 3 square meals for the masses, enlistment will jump, which becomes fodder for the next big war.  We've had drought for many years, and these engineered snowstorms aren't going to help the situation.

NoDebt's picture

Fine, you pass him by.  I'll take him on my team.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And those that created this mess and are ready to take us to the next biggest war know they will never have to worry.

Not with the crowd in this Nation of ours that is more concerned with who will win the Superbowl, NBA finals or the catching last episode of "Downton Abbey" as their real worth continues to plummet to the center of the earth like the meltdown in Fukushima -thanks to those bankers!

midtowng's picture

Very true, but the wrong picture. That isn't a Nazi flag. You'd think the guy would know that.

It's the Soviet flag over Kiev when they took back the city from the Nazis.

Jack Burton's picture

It is the Soviet Flag, but it is the Soviet flag put up over the Riksdag in Berlin in May 1945. This photo was not the  red flag that was raised by the first soldiers to reach the Riksdag roof, but was a little later that day when a big proper Red Flag was brought up by different soldiers and photographed by others. The original soldiers never were recognized for their flag raising until recently when Russian TV found one of them and carried the real story. Kiev was taken much earlier at the very end of 1943 I think.

101 years and counting's picture

its true.  9/11.  US been in a "war on terror" since.  problem is, we've been fighting the wrong people. 

SilverRhino's picture

If we'd just gone ahead and nuked Mecca and Medina, exterminated the muslims and occupied Saudi Arabia that whole area would already be pacified. 

Supernova Born's picture

They hate our freedom from employment.

CaptainObvious's picture

+6.6% (or should I use the non-BLS numbers?  +24.9%)

Jack Burton's picture

We could all find work, if we just were willing to work for less. Market forces set wages, in 2014, we must match a Chinese workers wage, or go without a job. Unless we work for government, then we have no problems, get big pay, cost of living raises, health care, vacation and early retirement. It's only fair, no?

seek's picture

If that actually happened we'd likely be experiencing either daily suicide bombings within the US, or a full-blown papers-please on every corner police state.

john39's picture

Muslims=red herring

Satanic central banking system is the issue.

Stoploss's picture



It's only Monday...

midtowng's picture

That statement is so monumentally stupid

Frankie Carbone's picture

God bless you son. Jesus is smiling upon you.

No really, you're just as wicked as the bankers and there's a special door for you and them to go through once you step in front of the Pearly Gates.

seabiscuit's picture

Let's not forget the war on poverty and then the war on drugs.


The war ON drugs. Perhaps the only way to conceive of a war.

jimmytorpedo's picture

War on drugs?

What, did your ounce of weed go to jail?

More blacks are incarcerated than were enslaved.

It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on people.

ps I don't have time to drug myself, but if I did have the time, I think I would dedicate it to sex!

yogibear's picture

But we have Lyndon Baines Johnson's Great Society. 

stant's picture

brother can you spare another war