Angelo M. Codevilla

To Make and Keep Peace Among Ourselves and with All Nations


This is a book every US citizen should read. Not so that he or she learns more about politics, foreign affairs, international treaties and stuff like that. No, because those things are just the fog that blurs the main idea, which is peace: how to make it and how to keep it. The enormous bureaucratic machines set up by federal agencies in the US have only achieved the following: they've made the average American citizen think he is too stupid to know about issues related with war and peace. The American citizen needs to be reassured (they claim) that all those high issues can only be handled by the expertise of the federal organs ad hoc. Heck, what else are there so many federal offices and bureaucrats paid for? These are smart fellows from crème-de-la-crème ivory league colleges. They must know, one expects. Well, no. It’s all a screen, Bob. And probably you had already guessed it. Only nobody wrote about it, and you didn’t want to be the first to say it out loud, did you?: It's a scam. They don’t care about America’s peace. They care only of making big, moralistic statements, that show -put a show of, rather- their high moral standards and extreme sensitivity to issues affecting Humanity (with capital H, please).

Mr. Angelo M. Codevilla, the best American writer alive, along with Thomas Sowell, cuts all the BS short. Highly readable. With history lessons included, that feel as no lesson at all, but just as a delightful time spent reading and learning, with lots of common sense.He proves to the reader all the baloney that the ruling class (mind this two words, folk) has fed the American people since early 20th century.

The point of the matter is that America should mind their own business and not meddle in foreign issues that don't affect her directly; that America should talk soft, but when action is unavoidable, then should intervene, win and get the heck out of there. Alas, everyting is being done wrong. It’s the age of progressiveness. Too much talk, too many treaties, too much baloney, and no power or willingness to backup those words.

In this book you'll learn a lot of little history, that history that doesn’t filter through the big media or that gets lost among the big picture of events. Anybody remembers today that it was a communist who killed Kennedy? So much hullabaloo about the killing that everybody lost track that it wasn’t the Tea Party or the conservatives that killed Kennedy. No, it was an American commie! Well, this book helps you find the North again. Some bits of information are worth the whole book:

significant parts of the ruling class, led by such officials as Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, identified the enemy as conservative Americans who, like Barry Goldwater, wanted to fight the war to victory or not fight at all. These domestic enemies, McNamara wrote, were a danger to peace greater than the Communist powers. Laying the blame for the Vietnam War on domestic conservatives proved to be more consequential than anything that happened on the battlefield.

The ruling-class consensus that many, prolonged, inconclusive involvements all over the world are a permanent, sustainable feature of America’s life is wrong, because these lead America to forget what it is about.

This one affects Europe, their backward nationalisms and love of state. Guess how it all started?

After Napoleon’s 1815 defeat at Waterloo the [new] states became the purveyors of education and sources of authority. They fostered the myth that people within their borders formed distinct races with different geniuses and destinies. All partook of Charles Darwin’s ideology that life is an evolutionary struggle in which the fittest survive. And… The war of 1914-1918 … how joyfully Frenchmen, Russians, Germans, British, Italians and so forth marched off to the slaughter.

Yeah, to the slaughter indeed, like obedient sheep.

Practicaly, patriotism means obedience to the ruler, regardless of peace or war, regardless of the quality of government.

Europeans don’t have a right to complain of anything the government does to them: they never were “We the People”. They should shut up and obey, else change the rules of the game. No, I don’t mean becoming communist. France’s Louis XIV said: “The state is me”. Communism means going back to that same dog with a different collar.

The bad consequences of good intentions:

New York’s Walt Whitman advocated annexing all of Mexico forcefully to bring the blessings of good government to people who had known only misrule. Thus, Americans would “regenerate the world by asserting the privileges of humanity over the accidents of birth and fortune.”In the North, as the “All Mexico” movement had shown, there had grown a sense of moral superiority and therefore of moral duty to confess the others’ sins, starting with the slave-holding Southerners.

As the author rightly points out, This attitude continues in our time.

Significantly for the long run, the advocates of empire succeeded in branding their oponents as “isolationists”.

Those who did the labelling and that should have come down in history as Imperialists, came instead to be known as the Internationalists; the anti-imperialists or “isolationists” lost this first Orwellian battle for the rule of the language. You lose the language battle, you’re definitely the loser, down through history, no matter how unjustly. Remember the “Popular” East European Republics?They couldn’t be less popular to their peoples, but hey, they got the “Popular” word firmly grabbed in their names.

The hyper-moralism of the Amercian leaders, first the Democratic, then all of them, is what most enervates me. Think of all the big and small wars and interventions that could have been avoided, where America didn’t really have a stake to defend but nevertheless they went and bled. Had their politicians, full of hypocrite morality, not committed through their treaties and big words, promising the world peace and and democracy, how many lives could have been saved! They had no business in most of those places. Now the world wouldn’t be so infected with terrorists wanting to kill Americans all over the place, including within the US.

Things started to get really out of hand with this fellow Wilson:

The american people rejected the [Woodrow] Wilson’s party in the election of 1920. But, because Wilson’s progressiveness had become orthodoxy among America’s best and brightest of both parties, logic and elections proved weak against it. For both parties, peace had come to mean … a pacificsm as mindless as it was frenetic and provocative … a more or less united ruling class intoxicated with its own virtue and ideology, increasingly divorced from public opinion.

Not Conservative, as conservatism is today understood, and definitely not Liberal. This is plain common sense. It’s about war and peace. And you should mind about it, because those in the government sure don’t mind it, since they definitely will not be doing the fighting.

"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.

Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos




Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.


También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel


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