Happy Memorial Day!

Hey guys! Happy Memorial Day to all of you! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend with your family and friends, remembering the incredible, brave men and women who sacrificed everything for our country and our freedom.

I think that remembering those who died, makes us think of those who still live and fight for us each and every day. I am grateful to all those who have died, because it means that we’re still free today. I am grateful to those who serve today, because it means that we’ll be free tomorrow.

Every day, we should think about those who have died in the service of this country and those who still serve. Memorial Day isn’t just once a year, it’s every day that this beautiful country is free. Every day we should take a moment to think of the blessings bestowed upon us, that we live here, in America. And everyday, we should think and remember those who let us live here today. And most of all, we should remember that God is with those that have died, their families, and with those that still serve. He is with each and every one of us, with this country, and with the entire world.

Happy Memorial Day! God Bless America!

-Myriam

P.S. I know I said I’d post every week, and I haven’t and I’m sorry. But I’ve been arranging everything for new job, which I just got, so it’s been a little busy. Sorry! I’ll try to post one this week.

War and the Economy

A common presupposition about the relationship between economy and war is that war stimulates the economy. The economic situation in America during World War II shows us that this is not the case.

During WWII, 40% of the labor force was employed by the army, producing weapons, machinery, etc…. The remaining 60% was left to make up for the lost production of consumer goods* by the 40%, on top of what it already had to produce. If it didn’t do this the standard of living would go down. This is not a healthy, booming economy.

An argument that is used to say the economy improved during WWII is that the rates of unemployment fell. The reason for this is that the unemployed were now employed by the army or drafted into the army. Therefore, there were no more unemployed people.

War does not make the economy better. In reality it reduces jobs, productivity and therefore the standard of living of a country.

 

*e.g. milk, socks, toothbrushes, TV’s, cars. Not producer goods, which are machinery used to produce cars, factories, etc….

The Brutality of World War II

World War II became more brutal as time went on. The brutality was definitely not one sided, however. All countries that participated in WWII committed acts of brutality even against the most innocent civilian. Two examples of this are the Allied bombings and the German Holocaust (Final Solution).

In the Nazi party there was the belief that there were “sub-humans” in the world. According to Hitler, these consisted of several races, particularly the Jews. Hitler had the idea and the means: “Wipe out all sub-humans.” A man named Alfred Rosenberg had the theory: “…and this is how we’ll wipe ‘em out.” Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, executed the Final Solution.

The Final Solution was mass killing of all Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and more. Brutal? Cruel? Horrible? Yes. The Einsatzgruppen were the groups who carried out almost half of these murders. Millions of deaths of all kinds of people that were considered “enemies of the state” resulted.

The Allied (British and American) bombings, mainly on Germany, but stretching to all enemy countries like Japan Continue reading