November 13, 2018

What you should do after the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Why politicians hated Armistice Day but love Veterans Day Retweet

By Perry Willis

Veterans Day was observed yesterday. It used to be called Armistice Day, in memory of the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Sunday was the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. 

Armistice Day was a valuable holiday!

It reminded people of the biggest mistake the political class ever made — a world war fought over nothing! Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their own folly. So they changed Armistice Day into something they could exploit — Veterans Day.

Whereas Armistice Day highlighted the dangers of militarism and interventionism, politicians now use Veterans Day to promote those schemes. They take advantage of war deaths to advance their claims on political power, loudly proclaiming…

“Our soldiers fought to preserve our freedom!”

Is that really true? You should stress-test the claim. We think you’ll find it has the same validity as most political claims — little to none. We have a resource you can use for this purpose. We’ve written the following articles to review all major U.S. wars.

Each article answers the following questions…

  • Did the war defend America?
  • Did the war defend freedom?
  • Did the war improve things?

We believe the evidence is overwhelming that U.S. wars have…

  • Endangered U.S. security
  • Reduced freedom
  • Harmed the world
  • Injured and destroyed veterans for little benefit

If you find the articles of value, please share them with others. Start a conversation about the correct way to honor veterans and the war dead. We believe it should be possible to honor their courage and mourn their loss, without telling lies about how they were used. And if you’re new to our work and like what you see, please subscribe using the form near the bottom of our homepage! It’s free!

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