How does war affect the economy?
We have all heard stories of how people’s’ wealth (property, cash, businesses’) were taken away from them during times of conflict, but how did that affect the economy for the civilians? If we were better off financially because of war, is having another one going to change the poverty level for the better? Will we be financially better or worse, if we go to war again? By this I mean, during WW1 & WW2, our financial structure looked completely different from the way it looks today. Whilst yes, there was less money and fewer people, each person overall had more than we do today. By the time you have read this article, I hope you can see the big picture as clear as day. I hope you take note and do something.
I am aware that there are those who believe we will be better off, but by ‘we’ those people refer to the Governments and the wealthy. I am talking about the layman. Already we see poverty everywhere and I cant help but wonder, would the re-introduction of rations be better for people who have no food right now?
Let’s have a look.
Starting with WW1:
During this time, the Allies has much more ‘potential’ wealth than they could spend on war. Among those allies, Britain spent $47 billion and the US $27 billion. Germany spent $45 billion. Firstly, I don’t believe this. These figures use 1913 dollars, doesn’t BILLIONS sound like more like today’s money to you? I doubt there was billions of anything back in those days. But okay, let’s go with it.
How was World War 1 paid for?
Firstly, and this comes as no surprise to anybody: All the powers expected a short war. None of them made any economic preparations for a long war. Hopefully today, we have learned that lesson, but who really knows?
Back then the allies had a greater capacity for absorbing the costs of mistakes and taking risks. Do we still have that capacity today?
In 1914, the 1% of the elite shared 25% of the world’s wealth.
Every able citizen was drafted to channel resources toward a common goal and this included agriculture, livestock, transport, everything. Civilians sacrificed food. In America, Liberty bonds became one of the most common ways to support the American War Effort.
So the bigger picture here is that, although the allies had the capacity to absorb the costs of war, civilians still sacrificed much of what they had, to support that war.
By the end of WW1 the 1% shared just 15% of the world’s wealth
How did World War 2 change that?
In 1939, the 1% of the elite shared 16-18% of the world’s wealth.
WW2 did not end the economic crisis. Unlike WW1, the effects were far-reaching and varied. It did end the depression and the American industry was revitalized. This war saw rapid scientific and technological changes intensified, During this war, unemployment dropped from 11.5 million to 5.3 million.
Unlike WW1, were people gave what they had to support the war effort, WW2 saw the introduction of the first general income tax. The US government took what they could. The good news was that, the layman (earning as little as $500 a year in 1940 dollars) was taxed at 23% whilst those who earned more than $1m paid a 94% rate. This war cost $304 billion. Inflation was curtailed and the rate of inflation was cut meaning that many civilians enjoyed a stable or even improved quality of life during this time. The American economy expanded and the gross national product rose from $88 billion to $135 billion.
By the end of WW2, the 1% shared just 11%.
So we see that World War 2 was a big money-maker for Governments but again, people were better off overall, with workers at the lower end of the wage bracket, gaining the most. The elite were also affected, by both wars. The first world war cost billions and the second cost hundreds of billions.
But I want to talk about the layman. You and I. There are still survivors of WW2, but how many people have knowledge of what it was really like for a normal civilian?
Today, I do. I have in my possession copies of news reports, notices and accounts of civilian life during world war 2. Read these accounts and reports and tell me, how similar they are to the things that are happening today in our society. Even though the events you are about to read happened during wartime, many of those things are happening now, with just the threat of war.
All the following information was sent to me, by a lady who works in a museum in a small island. I have mentioned this island in a previous article. It lies between France and the UK and was occupied during World War 2, so the accounts are a perfect platform for what is about to happen in our imminent future. The documents are available to view and I urge people to go to their local museums to find similar information. After all forewarned is forearmed. The more you understand about your areas experiences during times of conflict, the better you are able to cope with what is expected to happen shortly.
The reason I am using this island as an example, will be explained towards the end of this article.
At the beginning of the Occupation, stockpiles of food were quite high but these stocks ran down before imports could arrive and by autumn of 1941, general rationing was introduced as a result of shortages. Bartering replaced the retail economy for many commodities.
The shortages and rationing did not affect everybody equally though. The poor faced years of suffering as they had neither luxury goods to barter with or areas of land to grow vegetables. Wealthier families, with foresight had stocked up their larders. They had possessions to barter with and money to pay extortionate prices of the black market. Communal kitchens were set up and in return for a portion of their rations, civilians were provided with one hot meal a day. Tea was made from pea pods, carrots and bramble leaves, coffee was made from dried and roasted acorns, lupin seeds and barley. Jellies were made from seaweed and flour was made from potatoes.
In March 1941 the first shipment of food and medical supplies from the Swiss Red Cross arrived.
Many businesses ran down or closed their operations. Banks and shops remained open but fewer staff were needed. While the Germans provided employment on building sites, railways and of a domestic nature, many civilians were reluctant to take those jobs.
Agriculture was forced to become virtually self-sufficient. Wheat, oats and barley became the main foodstuffs grown and new farming techniques had to be learned. Horse drawn implements re-emerged to replace tractors. Farmers were often assumed to have as much food as they needed, however the German administration kept careful control of the production and disposal of food.
Fisherman were unable to benefit from increased fish supplies to replace meat. All fishing boats were licensed and permits needed whenever they went out to sea, Strict fishing limits were introduced.
Although 20% of children and 30% of the teachers had been evacuated, schools continued. In order to alleviate unemployment, the school-leaving age was raised from 15 to 16. Older children were unable to sit or receive the results of external examinations. German was made a compulsory subject but was discontinued in 1945. All anti-German books were withdrawn from the public and other libraries. Some schools were disrupted when their buildings were requisitioned. Children’s health was monitored games were prohibited to conserve energy.
The military government controlled civilian transport, not only because of the petrol shortage but also because it curtailed the mobility of the civilian population. In 1940, the use of motor cars was limited to essential purpose, such as agriculture and milk deliveries and in 1941 when the petrol shortage became so acute, all cars over 14 BHP were taken off the roads. A year later, this ban was then extended to all cars over 12 BHP. All fuel was strictly rationed.
All meetings were banned unless they had received permission from the Field Command. The Salvation Army and Rotary clubs were forbidden to meet as all international organizations were regarded with suspicion. Cinemas had to rely on those films already in stock although German films and newsreels were available. Public houses declined because of the strict licensing laws. Dances became popular but were banned on medical grounds.
Central European Time (CET) was imposed and all traffic had to drive on the opposite side of the road, following a number of accidents involving German troops.
Local news outlets were only allowed to publish what the German authorities would allow. The RAF would drop information leaflets on the island, but possession of these were regarded as a crime by the occupying forces.
Radios were confiscated. The penalty for owning and/or listening to any wireless device, were severe, with many civilians being sent to concentration camps.
In 1941 all civilians over the age of 14 were required to register and carry an ID card with them at all times.
In 1940 British Armed Forces were withdrawn from the island and were not replaced. This left the civilians defenseless as the island itself was demilitarized.
In 1942, a notice was published ordering the deportation of British subjects together with their families. The deportations took place because of events which took place in Iran twelve months earlier.
The reason I have focused on this island, apart from the fact I was sent this information by a friend, is that war does not just affect those fighting. It affects everybody. This island is in the British domain. Should WW3 kick off with America, Britain will stand by her side and all those countries and islands will be involved again.Why am I telling you this now? Well because of this report:
BREAKING NEWS: VLADIMIR PUTIN Prepares For WAR – WORLD WAR 3
‘Russia plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow’s latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday that “we have to maintain (Russia’s) military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico” — including sending bombers “as part of the drills.”
It’s an argument U.S. officials don’t seem to be buying.’
During both the first and second world war, there was less money, but it was relatively evenly distributed. Yes, we saw unemployment fall, but predominantly this was because more people were needed for the war effort. To make ammunition etc. Today we do not need those people, as all Governments already have the weaponry in place and, as you can see from that report ‘disturbances are likely to involve cyber attacks’.
Did you notice the date of this story? 5th April 2015. The day after the last blood moon.
The 1% share 48% of the wealth. This was as of 2014. This figure is expected to or already has increased. WW2 was predominantly paid for through the taxes of the rich (who paid a 94% rate), yet today the rich are exempt for many taxes. Today many of the elite even receive rebates. So how will that play out?
How do you think you will fare now? On the one hand, those who are living in poverty now, might be better off with the introduction of rations, but what do we actually have to barter with? For far too long, we have been complacent, taking it for granted that our Governments will protect us. Tell me how they will do that now? When you see reports like this:
Feinstein Demands Internet Censorship After FBI “Uncovers” Its Own Bomb Plot
‘After the FBI “uncovered” another one of its self-orchestrated “terrorist plots,” leading to the arrest of two women, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) demanded on-line censorship of the “extremist” literature the FBI provided to the suspects.’
Isn’t this the same as the German forces prohibitions? Tell me how this is different from the Germans banning all news media during WW2?
And what about:
Disaster Looms: FEMA Scrambles To Stockpile Food Reserves
‘In recent years the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been regionalizing disaster supplies and rapidly procuring hundreds of millions of ready-to-eat meals, blankets, and body bags. Coupled with the Department of Homeland Security’s suspiciously massive purchases of ammunition, firearms, and riot gear, it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. government is positioning itself in advance of an as of yet unknown widespread calamity.’
Stockpiling? Are you still so certain that FEMA camps are not concentration camps?
Is anybody else acting suspiciously?
Doomsday Lairs! Elite Bug-Out Underground Bunkers And Cities Prepared For Major Catastrophe – The Elite Will Survive, Will We?
‘With stories of missing food, recalls, government stockpiling of ammunition and weapons, medication shortages, vanishing money and missing gold, and more being buzzed about on the Internet, one possible answer of where it is all going, who is hoarding it, can be found over at the Bob Fletcher Investigation website…. ‘
What Do They Know? Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?
‘They are buying survival properties, they are buying farms in far away countries and they are buying deep underground bunkers. In fact, a prominent insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland says that “very powerful people are telling us they’re scared” and he shocked his audience when he revealed that he knows “hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand”. ‘
You have to start helping yourself friends. Nobody is going to do it for you.
During World War 2, people had to carry ID cards. We don’t need those today do we?
Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data
‘Facebook has been under fire for its facial technology for years now, especially in Europe where, in 2012, the company opted to ditch the program and delete user-identifying data it already held.
In the US, the feature suffered a temporary suspension before returning after a series of technical improvements.’
And there is also number plate recognition, NSA spying programs, the ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign.
I strongly urge you to start stockpiling. All ‘conspiracy theorists’ will tell you – start stockpiling toilet paper, water, sugar, salt, tobacco, flour, grains.
Not so long ago, these people were ridiculed, but ask yourself these questions:
How many people need these essentials like toilet paper, water and sugar?
If you have nothing to barter with, how long do you think you will survive?
If you think you don’t have enough room for these items, okay. Just ask yourself what your life is worth and that of your family. Would you watch your children starve to death just so you could put your car in the garage?
It’s coming. You can’t escape it. You can only do what you can to get through it. Start doing that now.