The political barriers to getting humane economic policy through Government House or Senate or Wall Street or whatever it’s called in your country appear to be formidable. In confronting this reality, Mike Norman may have come up with a winning strategy when he notes that Americans have no problem with a single payer in the case of defense, so why not health care? At the very least, this observation could have legs with the bloodthirstier electorates of the world. The applications seem endless.
All we need do is recast each policy area in militaristic or violent terms and classify them as defense. For instance, education could be the ‘Battle for Brains’; protecting the environment, ‘Disappearing Pollution’; full-employment policy, ‘Sabotaging Unemployment’; and basic income, ‘Waterboarding Wage Slavery’.
Health care could be a ‘Preemptive Strike on Illness’; childcare, an ‘Annihilation of Babysitters’; aged care, a ‘Forced Evacuation of Granny Flats’.
Funding public television could be re-framed as the ‘War on Zombie TV’; a bigger arts budget, the ‘War on Conformity’; and spending on sports, the ‘War on Free Weekends’.
Protection of free speech could fly as an ‘Assault on Censorship’; the broadening of civil rights, a pincer movement to ‘Smash the Police State’; and progressive legal reform, ‘Operation Sweet Infinite Justice’.
Infrastructure investment could be ‘A Bridge Too Far’; research and development to speed up mechanization, a foray down the ‘Road to Surfdom’; and publicly funded dissident activity to undermine the profit system, ‘Class War’.
Simultaneously, steep tax hikes on the 1 percent could go under the banner ‘Kill Bill’.
Best of all, world peace could be established with the delisting of all military personnel, dismantling of military bases and disarming of every nation in a monumental ‘War on War’.