Learn about Inflation Folks!

What Is Inflation?

Inflation definition

Inflation is a rise in prices, which can be translated as the decline of purchasing power over time.

The rate at which purchasing power drops can be reflected in the average price increase of a basket of selected goods and services over some period of time.

The rise in prices, which is often expressed as a percentage, means that a unit of currency effectively buys less than it did in prior periods.

Inflation can be contrasted with deflation, which occurs when prices decline and purchasing power increases.


  • Inflation is the rate at which prices for goods and services rise.
  • Inflation is sometimes classified into three types: demand-pull inflation, cost-push inflation, and built-in inflation.
  • The most commonly used inflation indexes are the Consumer Price Index and the Wholesale Price Index.
  • Inflation can be viewed positively or negatively depending on the individual viewpoint and rate of change.
  • Those with tangible assets, like property or stocked commodities, may like to see some inflation as that raises the value of their assets.

Understanding Inflation

While it is easy to measure the price changes of individual products over time, human needs extend beyond just one or two products.

Individuals need a big and diversified set of products as well as a host of services for living a comfortable life.

They include commodities like food grains, metal, fuel, utilities like electricity and transportation, and services like healthcare, entertainment, and labor.

Inflation aims to measure the overall impact of price changes for a diversified set of products and services. It allows for a single value representation of the increase in the price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time.

Causes of Inflation

An increase in the supply of money is the root of inflation, though this can play out through different mechanisms in the economy.

A country’s money supply can be increased by the monetary authorities by:

  • Printing and giving away more money to citizens
  • Legally devaluing (reducing the value of) the legal tender currency
  • Loaning new money into existence as reserve account credits through the banking system by purchasing government bonds from banks on the secondary market (the most common method)

In all of these cases, the money ends up losing its purchasing power. The mechanisms of how this drives inflation can be classified into three types: demand-pull inflation, cost-push inflation, and built-in inflation

Here is an interesting collection of books about inflation:


“According to Cantillon, the beneficiaries from the expansion of the money supply are the first recipients of the new money, who are able to spend it before it has caused prices to rise.

Whoever receives it from them is then able to spend it facing a small increase in the price level.

As the money is spent more, the price level rises, until the later recipients suffer a reduction in their real purchasing power.

This is the best explanation for why inflation hurts the poorest and helps the richest in the modern economy.”

Saifedean Ammous, “The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking”

“It is much more difficult to see how it will ever be possible to abandon a system of provision for the aged under which each generation, by paying for the needs of the preceding one, acquires a similar claim to support by the next.

It would almost seem as if such a system, once introduced, would have to be continued in perpetuity or allowed to collapse entirely.

The introduction of such a system therefore puts a strait jacket on evolution and places on society a steadily growing burden from which it will in all probability again and again attempt to extricate itself by inflation.”

Friedrich A. Hayek, “The Constitution of Liberty”

What with the doctrines that are now widely accepted and the policies accordingly expected from the monetary authorities, there can be little doubt that current union policies must lead to continuous and progressive infl ation.

The chief reason for this is that the dominant “fullemployment” doctrines explicitly relieve the unions of the responsibility for any unemployment and place the duty of preserving full employment on the monetary and fiscal authorities.

The only way in which the latter can prevent union policy from producing unemployment is, however, to counter through inflation whatever excessive rises in real wages unions tend to cause.”

Friedrich A. Hayek, “The Constitution of Liberty”

“Inflation destroys the value of your savings while Bitcoin protects them.”

Olawale Daniel

“To accumulate any wealth, you must invest at a growth rate higher than inflation.”

Naved Abdali

“An ounce of gold will always be an ounce of gold regardless of the length of possession.

The short-term value will go up or down, but gold prices will follow the general inflation rate in the long run.”

Naved Abdali

“… The Banks, as we now all too well know, must be rescued no matter what.

‘The value of commodities is thus sacrificed in order to ensure the fantastic and autonomous existence of this value in money.

In any event, a money value is only guaranteed as long as money itself is guaranteed.’

Inflation, as we also know, must be kept under control at all costs.

‘This is why many millions’ worth of commodities have to be sacrificed for a few millions in money.

This is unavoidable in capitalist production and forms one of its particular charms.’

Use values are sacrificed and destroyed no matter what is the social need.

How insane is that?”

David Harvey, “Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason”

“For one thing, this steady devaluation of the dollar is a new practice, relatively speaking.

For most of our country’s history, the dollar gained value.

The dollar was worth 75 percent more in 1912 than it was worth in 1800.

You know those stories your parents or grandparents tell about how they used to buy a sandwich and a fountain soda for a dime?

How everything was so much cheaper back in the day?

If you were around in 1900, for instance, the old folk didn’t tell those sorts of stories.

What cost a dime in 1900 probably cost fifteen cents in 1875, and twenty cents in 1800.

Of course, since 1912, the dollar has lost more than 95 percent of its value….

You will remember what happened in 1913: the Fed was created.”

Peter Schiff, “The Real Crash”

“We have gold because we cannot trust governments”

Herbert Hoover

“Inflation is taxation without legislation.”

Milton Friedman

“Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.”

Milton Friedman, “Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History”

“The arithmetic makes it plain that inflation is a far more devastating tax than anything that has been enacted by our legislature.

The inflation tax has a fantastic ability to simply consume capital.

It makes no difference to a widow with her saving in a 5 percent passbook account whether she pays 100 percent income tax on her interest income during a period of zero inflation, or pays no income taxes during years of 5 percent inflation.

Either way, she is ‘taxed’ in a manner that leave her no real income whatsoever.

Any money she spends comes right out of capital.

She would find outrageous a 120 percent income tax, but doesn’t seem to notice that 5 percent inflation is the economic equivalent.”

Warren Buffett

“Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.”

Ronald Reagan

“The natural tendency of the state is inflation.”

Murray Rothbard

“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war.

Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin.

But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.”

James A. Garfield

“Continued inflation inevitably leads to catastrophe.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The most important thing to remember is that inflation is not an act of God, that inflation is not a catastrophe of the elements or a disease that comes like the plague. Inflation is a policy.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Continued inflation inevitably leads to catastrophe.”

Ludwig von Mises

“When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt.

When government does it, it sends you the bill.

And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation.

Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident.”

Ronald Reagan

“Inflation is not caused by the actions of private citizens, but by the government: by an artificial expansion of the money supply required to support deficit spending.

No private embezzlers or bank robbers in history have ever plundered people’s savings on a scale comparable to the plunder perpetrated by the fiscal policies of statist governments.”

Ayn Rand

“Monetary inflation not only raises prices and destroys the value of the currency unit; it also acts as a giant system of expropriation.”

Murray Rothbard

“Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel.

These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly bring on unwelcome after-effects.

Their precise nature is anyone’s guess, though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation.”

Warren Buffett

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

Thomas Jefferson

The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit.

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.

There is no safe store of value.

Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the hidden confiscation of wealth.

Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights.

If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.

Alan Greenspan

“I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments.”

Friedrich August von Hayek

“Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency.

By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some.

The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth.”

John Maynard Keynes

“Printing money creates inflation, which weakens an economy.

Unfortunately, this kind of common-sense thinking never seems to penetrate academic circles.”

Peter Schiff

“It is a sobering fact that the prominence of central banks in this century has coincided with a general tendency towards more inflation, not less.

[I]f the overriding objective is price stability, we did better with the nineteenth-century gold standard and passive central banks, with currency boards, or even with ‘free banking.’

The truly unique power of a central bank, after all, is the power to create money, and ultimately the power to create is the power to destroy.”

Paul Volcker

“Most people will see declining returns [due to inflation].

One of the great defenses if you’re worried about inflation is not to have a lot of silly needs in your life – you don’t need a lot of material goods.”

Charlie Munger

“Inflation is the true opium of the people and it is administered to them by anticapitalist governments and parties.”

Ludwig von Mises

“There are two main drivers of asset class returns – inflation and growth.”

Ray Dalio

“It’s hard to build models of inflation that don’t lead to a multiverse.

It’s not impossible, so I think there’s still certainly research that needs to be done.

But most models of inflation do lead to a multiverse, and evidence for inflation will be pushing us in the direction of taking [the idea of a] multiverse seriously.”

Alan Guth

“If the governments devalue the currency in order to betray all creditors, you politely call this procedure ‘Inflation‘.”

George Bernard Shaw

“The illusiveness of this concept of national income is to be seen in its dependence on changes in the purchasing power of the monetary unit.

The more inflation progresses, the higher rises the national income.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The gold standard did not collapse. Governments abolished it in order to pave the way for inflation. The whole grim apparatus of oppression and coercion, policemen, customs guards, penal courts, prisons, in some countries even executioners, had to be put into action in order to destroy the gold standard.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The idea that when people see prices falling they will stop buying those cheaper goods or cheaper food does not make much sense.

And aiming for 2 percent inflation every year means that after a decade prices are more than 25 percent higher and the price level doubles every generation.

That is not price stability, yet they call it price stability.

I just do not understand central banks wanting a little inflation.”

Paul Volcker

“Inflation is the fiscal complement of statism and arbitrary government.

It is a cog in the complex of policies and institutions which gradually lead toward totalitarianism.”

Ludwig von Mises

“To reverse the trend and reduce the role of government in our lives, and thus alleviate the government deficit and inflation pressures, is a giant educational task.

The social and economic ideas that gave birth to the transfer system must be discredited and replaced with old values of individual independence and self-reliance.

The social philosophy of individual freedom and unhampered private property must again be our guiding light.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“What I’m trying to say is that for the average investor, what I would encourage them to do is to understand there’s inflation and growth – it can go higher and lower – and to have four different portfolios essentially that make up your total portfolio that gets you balanced.”

Ray Dalio

“If government manages to establish paper tickets or bank credit as money, as equivalent to gold grams or ounces, then the government, as dominant money-supplier, becomes free to create money costlessly and at will.

As a result, this ‘inflation’ of the money supply destroys the value of the dollar or pound, drives up prices, cripples economic calculation, and hobbles and seriously damages the workings of the market economy.”

Murray Rothbard

“We are now speeding down the road of wasteful spending and debt, and unless we can escape we will be smashed in inflation.”

Herbert Hoover

“Inflation is probably the most important single factor in that vicious circle wherein one kind of government action makes more and more government control necessary.

For this reason all those who wish to stop the drift toward increasing government control should concentrate their effort on monetary policy.”

Friedrich August von Hayek

“Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.”

Woodrow Wilson

“Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the ‘hidden’ confiscation of wealth.

Gold stands in the way of this insidious process.

It stands as a protector of property rights.”

Alan Greenspan

“Higher education is the place where people who had big plans in high school get stuck in fierce rivalries with equally smart peers over conventional careers like management consulting and investment banking.

For the privilege of being turned into conformists, students (or their families) pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in skyrocketing tuition that continues to outpace inflation.

Why are we doing this to ourselves?”

Peter Thiel

Having examined the nature of fractional reserve and of central banking, and having seen how the questionable blessings of Central Banking were fastened upon America, it is time to see precisely how the Fed, as presently constituted, carries out its systemic inflation and its control of the American monetary system.

Murray Rothbard

“Inflation, being a fraudulent invasion of property, could not take place on the free market.”

Murray Rothbard

“No central banker would disagree with the proposition that inflation is primarily a monetary phenomenon.

Not one of them will disagree that every inflation has been accompanied by a rapid increase in the quantity of money and every deflation by a decline in the quantity of money.”

Milton Friedman

“The drum-fire of propaganda that the Fed is manning the ramparts against the menace of inflation brought about by others is nothing less than a deceptive shell game.

The culprit solely responsible for inflation, the Federal Reserve, is continually engaged in raising a hue-and-cry about ‘Inflation,’ for which virtually everyone else in society seems to be responsible.

What we are seeing is the old ploy by the robber who starts shouting ‘Stop, thief!’ and runs down the street pointing ahead at others.”

Murray Rothbard

“I think democracies are prone to inflation because politicians will naturally spend [excessively] – they have the power to print money and will use money to get votes.

If you look at inflation under the Roman Empire, with absolute rulers, they had much greater inflation, so we don’t set the record.

It happens over the long-term under any form of government.”

Charlie Munger

“Government policies try to prevent the emergence of serious unemployment by credit expansion, i.e., Inflation.

The outcome was rising prices, renewed demands for higher wages and reiterated credit expansion; in short, Protracted Inflation.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Inflation is essentially antidemocratic.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Inflation has always been an important resource of policies of war and revolution and why we also find it in the service of socialism.”

Ludwig von Mises

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Peace not War

Peace not War

Fighting for Peace…

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”

John Lennon, Imagine

“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt.

He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord

would surely suffice.

This disgrace to civilization

should be done away with at once.

Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is;

I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action!

It is my conviction that killing

under the cloak of war is nothing

but an act of murder.”

Albert Einstein

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

George Orwell, “1984”

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Albert Einstein

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”


“The supreme art of war is to subdue         the enemy without fighting.”

Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

Today the most civilized countries of the world spend a maximum of their income on war and a minimum on education.

The twenty-first century will

reverse this order.

It will be more glorious to fight against ignorance than to die on the field of battle.

The discovery of a new scientific truth

will be more important than the

squabbles of diplomats.

Even the newspapers of our own

day are beginning to treat scientific discoveries and the creation of fresh philosophical concepts as news.

The newspapers of the twenty-first century will give a mere ‘stick’ in the back pages to accounts of crime or political controversies, but will headline on the front pages the proclamation of a new scientific hypothesis.

Progress along such lines will be impossible while nations persist in the savage

practice of killing each other off.

I inherited from my father, an erudite

man who labored hard for peace,

an ineradicable hatred of war.

Nikola Tesla

“Older men declare war.

But it is youth that must fight and die.”

Herbert Hoover

“War does not determine who is right –   only who is left.”


“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are

cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not

spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers,

the genius of its scientists,

the hopes of its children.

This is not a way of life at all

in any true sense.

Under the clouds of war,

it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You can have peace.

Or you can have freedom.

Don’t ever count on having both at once.”

Robert A. Heinlein

“War is over … If you want it.”

John Lennon

“How is it possible to have a civil war?”

George Carlin

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”


“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.

But in modern war, there is nothing

sweet nor fitting in your dying.

You will die like a dog

for no good reason.”

Ernest Hemingway

“In times of war, the law falls silent.”

Silent enim leges inter arma

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.”

Carl Sagan

“The human race is unimportant.

It is the self that must not be betrayed.”

“I suppose one could say that

Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

“You are right.

He did not.

But millions of Germans

did betray their selves.

That was the tragedy.

Not that one man had

the courage to be evil.

But that millions had not

the courage to be good.”

John Fowles, “The Magus”

“Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity.”

Stephen King, “Hearts in Atlantis”

“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”

George McGovern

“Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist.

This is elementary common sense.

If you hamper the war effort of one side,

you automatically help out

that of the other.

Nor is there any real way

of remaining outside

such a war as the present one.

In practice, ‘he that is not with me

is against me’.”

George Orwell

“The essential act of war is destruction,

not necessarily of human lives,

but of the products of human labour.

War is a way of shattering to pieces,

or 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.”

George Orwell, “1984”

“Mankind must put an end to war – or war will put an end to mankind.”

[Address before the United Nations, September 25 1961]

John F. Kennedy

“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

Henry Kissinger

“In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Good Will.”

Winston S. Churchill, “The Second World War”

“this is the 21st century and we need

to redefine r/evolution.

this planet needs a people’s r/evolution.

a humanist r/evolution.

r/evolution is not about bloodshed or about going to the mountains and fighting.

we will fight if we are forced to

but the fundamental goal of

r/evolution must be peace.

we need a r/evolution of the mind.

we need a r/evolution of the heart.

we need a r/evolution of the spirit.

the power of the people is stronger

than any weapon.

a people’s r/evolution can’t be stopped.

we need to be weapons

of mass construction.

weapons of mass love.

it’s not enough just to change the system.

we need to change ourselves.

we have got to make this world

user friendly. user friendly.

are you ready to sacrifice

to end world hunger.

to sacrifice to end colonialism.

to end neo-colonialism.

to end racism.

to end sexism.

r/evolution means the end of exploitation.

r/evolution means respecting

people from other cultures.

r/evolution is creative.

r/evolution means treating your

mate as a friend and an equal.

r/evolution is sexy.

r/evolution means respecting and

learning from your children.

r/evolution is beautiful.

r/evolution means protecting

the people.

the plants. the animals. the air. the water.

r/evolution means saving this planet.

r/evolution is love.”

Assata Shakur

“After all, no one is stupid enough to prefer war to peace; in peace sons bury their fathers and in war fathers bury their sons.”


“Let my country die for me.”

James Joyce, “Ulysses”

If we really saw war,

what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war.

If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war.

This is why war is carefully sanitized.

This is why we are given war’s perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war’s consequences.

The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…

The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage.

They are war’s refuse.

We do not see them.

We do not hear them.

They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled.

The message they tell is too painful for us to hear.

We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.

Chris Hedges “Death of the Liberal Class”

“The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.”

Fidel Castro

For the whole earth is the tomb

of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns

and inscriptions in their own country,

but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them,

graven not on stone

but in the hearts of men.

Make them your examples, and,

esteeming courage to be freedom and freedom to be happiness,

do not weigh too nicely

the perils of war.”

[Funeral Oration of Pericles]

Thucydides, “History of the Peloponnesian War”

“War and drink are the two things

man is never too poor to buy.”

William Faulkner

For me, the most ironic token of

[the first human moon landing] is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the moon.

It reads:

“We came in peace for all Mankind.”

As the United States was dropping

7 ½ megatons of conventional

explosives on small nations

in Southeast Asia,

we congratulated ourselves on

our humanity.

We would harm no one on a lifeless rock.”

Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space”

“This topic brings me to that

worst outcrop of herd life,

the military system, which I abhor…

This plague-spot of civilization ought

to be abolished with all possible speed.

Heroism on command,

senseless violence,

and all the loathsome nonsense that

goes by the name of patriotism —

how passionately I hate them!”

Albert Einstein

1. Bangladesh…. In 1971 … Kissinger overrode all advice in order to support

the Pakistani generals in both their

civilian massacre policy in East Bengal

and their armed attack on India

from West Pakistan….

This led to a moral and political catastrophe the effects of which are still sorely felt.

Kissinger’s undisclosed reason for the ‘tilt’ was the supposed but never materialised ‘brokerage’ offered by the dictator Yahya Khan in the course of secret diplomacy between Nixon and China….

Of the new state of Bangladesh,

Kissinger remarked coldly that it

was ‘a basket case’ before turning

his unsolicited expertise elsewhere.

2. Chile…. Kissinger had direct personal knowledge of the CIA’s plan to kidnap

and murder General René Schneider, the head of the Chilean Armed Forces … who refused to countenance military intervention in politics.

In his hatred for the Allende Government, Kissinger even outdid Richard Helms …

who warned him that a coup in such

a stable democracy would

be hard to procure.

The murder of Schneider nonetheless

went ahead, at Kissinger’s urging and

with American financing, just between Allende’s election and his confirmation….

This was one of the relatively few times

that Mr Kissinger (his success in getting people to call him ‘Doctor’ is greater

than that of most PhDs) involved himself

in the assassination of a single named individual rather than the slaughter

of anonymous thousands.

His jocular remark on this occasion—

‘I don’t see why we have to let a country

go Marxist just because its people

are irresponsible’—suggests he may

have been having the best of times….

3. Cyprus…. Kissinger approved of the preparations by Greek Cypriot fascists

for the murder of President Makarios,

and sanctioned the coup which tried

to extend the rule of the Athens junta

(a favoured client of his) to the island.

When despite great waste of life this coup failed in its objective, which was also Kissinger’s, of enforced partition, Kissinger promiscuously switched sides to support

an even bloodier intervention by Turkey.

Thomas Boyatt … went to Kissinger

in advance of the anti-Makarios

putsch and warned him that it

could lead to a civil war.

‘Spare me the civics lecture,’ replied Kissinger, who as you can readily see had an aphorism for all occasions.

4. Kurdistan. Having endorsed the covert policy of supporting a Kurdish revolt

in northern Iraq between 1974 and 1975, with ‘deniable’ assistance also provided

by Israel and the Shah of Iran, Kissinger made it plain to his subordinates that

the Kurds were not to be allowed to win,

but were to be employed for their

nuisance value alone.

They were not to be told that this was

the case, but soon found out when

the Shah and Saddam Hussein composed their differences, and American

aid to Kurdistan was cut off.

Hardened CIA hands went to Kissinger …

for an aid programme for the many thousands of Kurdish refugees

who were thus abruptly created….

The apercu of the day was: ‘foreign policy should not he confused with missionary work.’ Saddam Hussein heartily concurred.

5. East Timor. The day after Kissinger left Djakarta in 1975, the Armed Forces

of Indonesia employed American weapons to invade and subjugate the independent former Portuguese colony of East Timor.

Isaacson gives a figure of 100,000 deaths resulting from the occupation, or one-seventh of the population, and there

are good judges who put this

estimate on the low side.

Kissinger was furious when news of

his own collusion was leaked, because

as well as breaking international law

the Indonesians were also violating

an agreement with the United States….

Monroe Leigh … pointed out this awkward latter fact. Kissinger snapped: ‘The Israelis when they go into Lebanon—when was the last time we protested that?

A good question, even if it did not and

does not lie especially well in his mouth.

It goes on and on and on until one

cannot eat enough to vomit enough.”

Christopher Hitchens

“At one time I had given much thought

to why men were so very rarely

capable of living for an ideal.

Now I saw that many, no,

all men were capable of dying for one.”

Hermann Hesse, “Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend”

“We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.”

Howard Zinn

All wars are sacred,” he said.

“To those who have to fight them.

If the people who started wars

didn’t make them sacred, who would be

foolish enough to fight?

But, no matter what rallying cries

the orators give to the idiots who fight,

no matter what noble purposes they

assign to wars, there is never but

one reason for a war.

And that is money.

All wars are in reality money squabbles.

But so few people ever realize it.

Their ears are too full of bugles

and drums and the fine words

from stay-at-home orators.

Sometimes the rallying cry is

’save the Tomb of Christ from the Heathen!’

Sometimes it’s ’down with Popery!’

and sometimes ‘Liberty!’

and sometimes

‘Cotton, Slavery and States’ Rights!”

Margaret Mitchell, “Gone with the Wind”

“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them.

For example, when the British

invaded India, many Indians accepted

to work for the British to kill off

Indians who resisted their occupation.

So in other words, many Indians were

hired to kill other Indians on behalf

of the enemy for a paycheck.

Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck.

To act without a conscience,

but for a paycheck,

makes anyone a dangerous animal.

The devil would be powerless

if he couldn’t entice people

to do his work.

So as long as money continues to seduce

the hungry, the hopeless, the broken,

the greedy, and the needy,

there will always be

war between brothers.”

Suzy Kassem

“Peace is such hard work.

Harder than war.

It takes way more effort

to forgive than to kill.”

Rae Carson, “The Bitter Kingdom” (Fire and Thorns, #3)

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

Arrest for its breach is more so.

Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence.

This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.”

Mahatma Gandhi, “Non-violence in Peace and War” 1942-1949

“Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.”

Sigmund Freud

“In war,

the strong make slaves of the weak,

and in peace,

the rich makes slaves of the poor.”

Oscar Wilde

“So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one’s fatherland

is to wish evil to one’s neighbors.

The citizen of the universe would be

the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.”

Voltaire, “Philosophical Dictionary”

“A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern,

scientific war must necessarily

cease to be democratic.

No country can be really well

prepared for modern war unless

it is governed by a tyrant,

at the head of a highly trained

and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.”

Aldous Huxley, “Ends and Means”

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil.

But no matter how necessary,

it is always an evil, never a good.

We will not learn to live together in peace

by killing each other’s children.”

Jimmy Carter, “The Nobel Peace Prize Lecture”

“The most disadvantageous peace

is better than the most just war.”

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, “Adagia. Lateinisch / Deutsch”

“I prefer the most unfair peace

to the most righteous war.”


“War is not the answer,

for only love can conquer hate.”

Marvin Gaye

“A weapon does not decide

whether or not to kill.

A weapon is a manifestation of a decision that has already been made.”

Steven Galloway, “The Cellist of Sarajevo”

“There has never been a just [war],

never an honorable one —

on the part of the instigator of the war.

I can see a million years ahead,

and this rule will never change

in so many as half a dozen instances.

The loud little handful — as usual —

will shout for the war.

The pulpit will–warily and cautiously–object–at first;

the great, big, dull bulk of the nation

will rub its sleepy eyes and try to

make out why there should be a war,

and will say, earnestly and indignantly,

‘It is unjust and dishonorable,

and there is no necessity for it.

‘ Then the handful will shout louder.

A few fair men on the other side will

argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity.

Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform,

and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers–as earlier–but do not dare say so.

And now the whole nation–pulpit and all–will take up the war-cry, and shout

itself hoarse, and mob any honest man

who ventures to open his mouth;

and presently such mouths

will cease to open.

Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities,

and will diligently study them, and refuse

to examine any refutations of them;

and thus he will by and by convince

himself the war is just,

and will thank God

for the better sleep he enjoys

after this process of

grotesque self-deception.”

Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories”

“We often think of peace

as the absence of war,

that if powerful countries

would reduce their weapon arsenals,

we could have peace.

But if we look deeply into the weapons,

we see our own minds – our own

prejudices, fears and ignorance.

Even if we transport all the bombs

to the moon, the roots of war

and the roots of bombs are still there,

in our hearts and minds,

and sooner or later we will

make new bombs.

To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts

of men and women.

To prepare for war,

to give millions of men and women

the opportunity to practice killing

day and night in their hearts,

is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, “Living Buddha, Living Christ”

“There are seasons of our lives when nothing seems to be happening, when no smoke betrays a burned town or homestead and few tears are shed for the newly dead.

I have learned not to trust those times, because if the world is at peace then it means someone is planning war.”

Bernard Cornwell, “Death of Kings” (The Saxon Stories, #6)

“That there are men in all countries

who get their living by war,

and by keeping up the quarrels

of Nations is as shocking as it is true…”

Thomas Paine

“The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps

and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees,

except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don’t mind admitting it.

They worship money and power and death.

Their ideal solution to all the

nation’s problems would be

another 100 Year War.”

Hunter S. Thompson, “Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century”

“Once war becomes a clash of absolutes, there is no breathing room for mercy.

Absolute truth is blind truth.”

Deepak Chopra, “The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore”

“What is so often said about the solders

of the 20th century is that the

fought to make us free.

Which is a wonderful sentiment and

one witch should evoke tremendous gratitude if in fact there was a shred

of truth in that statement but,

it’s not true.

It’s not even close to true

in fact it’s the opposite of truth.

There’s this myth around that people believe that the way to honor deaths of so many of millions of people; that the way to honor is to say that we achieved some tangible, positive, good, out of their death’s.

That’s how we are supposed to

honor their deaths.

We can try and rescue some positive

and forward momentum of human progress, of human virtue from these hundreds of millions of death’s but we

don’t do it by pretending that they’d died

to set us free because we are less free;

far less free now then we were

before these slaughters began.

These people did not die to set us free.

They did not die fighting any enemy

other than the ones that the

previous deaths created.

The beginning of wisdom is to call

things by their proper names.

Solders are paid killers, and I say this

with a great degree of sympathy to young men and women who are suckered into

a life of evil through propaganda and the labeling of heroic to a man in costume who kills for money and the life of honor is accepting ordered killings for money, prestige, and pensions.

We create the possibility of moral choice

by communicating truth

about ethics to people.

That to me is where real heroism

and real respect for the dead lies.

Real respect for the dead lies in exhuming the corpses and hearing what they would say if they could speak out; and they

would say: If any ask us why we died tell

it’s because our fathers lied, tell them it’s because we were told that charging up a hill and slaughtering our fellow man was heroic, noble, and honorable.

But these hundreds of millions of ghosts encircled the world in agony, remorse

will not be released from our collective unconscious until we lay the truth of

their murders on the table and look

at the horror that is the lie;

that murder for money can be moral, that murder for prestige can be moral.

These poor young men and woman propagandized into an undead ethical status lied to about what is noble,

virtuous, courageous, honorable, decent, and good to the point that they’re rolling hand grenades into children’s rooms and the illusion that, that is going to make the world a better place.

We have to stare this in the face if we want to remember why these people died. They did not die to set us free. They did not die to make the world a better place. They died because we are ruled by sociopaths. The only thing that can create a better world is the truth is the virtue is the honor and courage of standing up to the genocidal lies of mankind and calling them lies and ultimate corruptions.

The trauma and horrors of this century of staggering bloodshed of the brief respite of the 19th century. This addiction to blood and the idea that if we pour more bodies into the hole of the mass graves of the 20th century, if we pour more bodies and more blood we can build some sort of cathedral to a better place but it doesn’t happen. We can throw as many young men and woman as we want into this pit of slaughter and it will never be full. It will never do anything other than sink and recede further into the depths of hell. We can’t build a better world on bodies. We can’t build peace on blood. If we don’t look back and see the army of the dead of the 20th century calling out for us to see that they died to enslave us. That whenever there was a war the government grew and grew.

We are so addicted to this lie. What we need to do is remember that these bodies bury us. This ocean of blood that we create through the fantasy that violence brings virtue. It drowns us, drowns our children, our future, and the world. When we pour these endless young bodies into this pit of death; we follow it.”

Stefan Molyneux

“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans

of the wounded who cry aloud for blood,

more vengeance, more desolation.

War is hell.”

William Tecumseh Sherman

Our enemies are Medes and Persians,

men who for centuries have lived

soft and luxurious lives;

we of Macedon for generations past

have been trained in the hard school

of danger and war.

Above all, we are free men,

and they are slaves.

There are Greek troops, to be sure, in Persian service — but how different

is their cause from ours!

They will be fighting for pay — and not much of at that; we, on the contrary,

shall fight for Greece, and our

hearts will be in it.

As for our foreign troops — Thracians, Paeonians, Illyrians, Agrianes — they

are the best and stoutest soldiers in Europe, and they will find as their opponents the slackest and softest of the tribes of Asia.

And what, finally, of the two men

in supreme command?

You have Alexander, they — Darius!”

Alexander the Great

“If I had known they were going to do this,

I would have become a shoemaker.”

Albert Einstein

“One question in my mind,

which I hardly dare mention in public,

is whether patriotism has, overall, been a force for good or evil in the world.

Patriotism is rampant in war and

there are some good things about it.

Just as self-respect and pride bring out the best in an individual, pride in family,

pride in teammates, pride in hometown bring out the best in groups of people.

War brings out the kind of pride in country that encourages its citizens in the direction of excellence and it encourages them

to be ready to die for it.

At no time do people work so well

together to achieve the same goal

as they do in wartime.

Maybe that’s enough to make patriotism eligible to be considered a virtue.

If only I could get out of my mind

the most patriotic people

who ever lived,

the Nazi Germans.”

Andy Rooney, “My War”

“My own concern is primarily the

terror and violence carried out by

my own state, for two reasons.

For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence.

But also for a much more important

reason than that; namely, I can

do something about it.

So even if the U.S. was responsible

for 2 percent of the violence in the

world instead of the majority of it,

it would be that 2 percent I would

be primarily responsible for.

And that is a simple ethical judgment.

That is, the ethical value of one’s actions depends on their anticipated

and predictable consequences.

It is very easy to denounce the

atrocities of someone else.

That has about as much ethical value

as denouncing atrocities that

took place in the 18th century.”

Noam Chomsky

“We are in the hands of men whose power and wealth have separated them

from the reality of daily life

and from the imagination.

We are right to be afraid.”

Grace Paley

“Wars of nations are fought

to change maps.

But wars of poverty are fought

to map change.”

Muhammad Ali

“What passing bells for these

who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifle’s rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them;

no prayers, nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells,
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held

to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes,
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall,
Their flowers the tenderness

of patient minds,
And each, slow dusk a drawing

down of blinds.”

Wilfred Owen, The War Poems

Millions of fathers in rain
Millions of mothers in pain
Millions of brothers in woe

Millions of sisters nowhere to go

Millions of daughters walk in the mud
Millions of children wash in the flood
A million girls vomit and groan
Millions of families hopeless alone”

Allen Ginsberg, “Poems”

“No honest journalist should be willing to describe himself or herself as ’embedded.’

To say, ‘I’m an embedded journalist’ is to say, ‘I’m a government Propagandist.”

Noam Chomsky, “Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World”

“Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism…

neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers

would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves

and their collaborators that one

of the worlds greatest atrocities

was really morally praiseworthy.”

Richard Weikart, “From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany”

“War means fighting.

The business of the soldier is to fight.

Armies are not called out to dig trenches,

to throw up breastworks,to live in camps, but to find the enemy and strike him; to invade his country, and do him all possible damage in the shortest possible time.

This will involve great destruction of life and property while it lasts; but such a war will of necessity be of brief continuance,

and so would be an economy of life

and property in the end.”

Stonewall Jackson

“I have seen war.

I have seen war on land and sea.

I have seen blood running from

the wounded.

I have seen men coughing out their

gassed lungs.

I have seen the dead in the mud.

I have seen cities destroyed.

I have seen 200 limping, exhausted

men come out of line—the survivors

of a regiment of 1,000 that went

forward 48 hours before.

I have seen children starving.

I have seen the agony of mothers and wives.

I hate war.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“How is the world ruled and led to war?

Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.”

Karl Kraus

“Each Javelin round costs $80,000, and

the idea that it’s fired by a guy who doesn’t make that in a year at a guy who doesn’t make that in a lifetime is somehow so outrageous it almost makes the

war seem winnable.”

Sebastian Junger, “War”

“But what are a hundred million deaths?

When one has served in a war, one hardly knows what a dead man is, after a while.

And since a dead man has no substance unless one has actually seen him dead,

a hundred million corpses broadcast through history are no more than a puff

of smoke in the imagination.”

Albert Camus

“I have never advocated war except

as means of peace, so seek peace,

but prepare for war.

Because war…

War never changes.

War is like winter and winter is coming.”

Ulysses S Grant

“I do not say that there is no glory

to be gained [in war];

but it is not personal glory.

In itself, no cause was ever more glorious than that of men who struggle, not to conquer territory, not to gather spoil,

not to gratify ambition, but for freedom,

for religion, for hearth and home, and to revenge the countless atrocities inflicted upon them by their oppressors.”


“World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that

has ever taken place on earth.

Any writer who said otherwise lied,

So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought.”

Ernest Hemingway

“In peace, children inter their parents;

war violates the order of nature and

causes parents to inter their children.”


“Perpetual peace is a futile dream.”

Gen. George S. Patton

“Such then is the human condition,

that to wish greatness for one’s country

is to wish harm to one’s neighbors.”


“It is precisely that requirement

of shared worship that has been the principal source of suffering for individual man and the human race since

the beginning of history.

In their efforts to impose universal worship, men have unsheathed their swords

and killed one another.

They have invented gods and challenged each other:

“Discard your gods and worship mine or

I will destroy both your gods and you!”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Brothers Karamazov”

What a terrible thing war is,

what a terrible thing!”

Leo Tolstoy, “War and Peace”

“When you think about new-born babies being killed in our own lifetime,’ he said,

‘all the efforts of culture seem worthless.

What have people learned from all

our Goethes and Bachs?

To kill babies?”

Vasily Grossman, “Life and Fate”

“Those of us who are most genuinely repelled by war and violence are also

those who are most likely to decide

that some things, after all,

are worth fighting for.”

Christopher Hitchens, “The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens”

“I have never advocated war

except as a means of peace.”

Ulysses S. Grant

“It is of the greatest important in this world that a man should know himself, and the measure of his own strength and means; and he who knows that he has not a genius for fighting must learn how to govern

by the arts of peace.”

Machiavelli, Niccolo

“War has no longer the justification that

it makes for the survival of the fittest;

it involves the survival of the less fit.

The idea that the struggle between nations is a part of the evolutionary law of man’s advance involves a profound misreading

of the biological analogy.

The warlike nations do not inherit the earth; they represent

the decaying human element.”

Norman Angell, “The Great Illusion”

“Homo sapiens!

The name itself was an irony.

They had not been wise at all,

but incredibly stupid.

Lords of the Earth with their great gray brains, their thinking minds had placed them above all other forms of life.

Yet it had not been thought that compelled them to act, but emotion.

From the dawn of their evolution they had killed, and conquered, and subdued.

They had committed atrocities on others

of their kind, ravaged the land, polluted

and destroyed, left millions to starve

in Third World countries, and finished

it all with a nuclear holocaust.

The mutants were right.

Intelligent creatures did not commit genocide, or murder the environment

on which they were dependent.”

Louise Lawrence, “Children of the Dust”

“War: first, one hopes to win;

then one expects the enemy to lose;

then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering;

in the end, one is surprised that

everyone has lost.”

Karl Kraus

“War is unlike life.

It’s a denial of everything you learn life is.

And that’s why when you get finished with it, you see that if offers no lessons that can’t be bettered learned in civilian life.

You are exposed to horrors you

would sooner forget.”

Robert Graff