ing sand." (5) Add cost of dictators, loss of opportunity, freedom, democracy, to the estimate. "Volcanoes grow dim and the stars reel and swim" when the mind attempts to estimate,--figures no longer mean anything.(6)

So let's go back to our own country, America, and see if we can estimate the cost, not in dollars merely, nor in property destroyed, nor in the lives ended, nor in the expectancy value of the future labor of the dead or incapacitated. The lives that still go on, (7) frustrated, the decreased efficiency of those who survive, are the big loss. Idle labor, idle plants, due to economic dislocation consequent on the war, have cost us about 300 billions, the Monopoly Commission was shown.(8)

Some will denounce anyone who asks "How much?" as amoral, without soul. "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?" But who is it now telling us how to save our souls, and what do they hope to gain? To save our souls, then, shall we destroy the lives of others and leave the world a desert for our survivors?

There has never been a good war nor a bad peace, Benjamin Franklin and other wise men have told us. If this is a good war,--and there are those who say it is, for religion, morality, what you please,--it must be the first one. But they told us in 1918 that that was the last war, to put down militarism, to spread democracy.

Were they right? How much shall we stake on their being right this time? Let those fight who wish, but shall we let them take by force our sons for cannon fodder? Will the world be better for it if they do? May 15, 1940


NOTES.
(1)
44 billions is the unpaid cost of the war, which was 63 billions, made up as follows: direct cost ( 1917-21) 25, continuing costs ( 1921-38) 26, unpaid debt of foreign countries 12. These are minimum figures, adding only full billions. Not shown in the dollar columns is the larger cost, previously paid for, of navy ships lost (71), merchant ships lost (171), a total of 527,000 tons, and other property previously paid for amounting to some additional billions, lives lost, killed or died of wounds, 140,000, wounded 243,000. A hundred thousand veterans have received hospitalization. The cost of producing an adult in our economy is $12,000. We used to produce a negro slave in the '50's for $1200. Figuring the wounded as depreciated 50 per cent and the dead at 100%, the loss in value of manpower will be about 3 billions, a total thus far of about 70 billions in actual reduction of national assets. The rest of the 100 billions is in the soil and resources.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 5
  • Why This Book 11
  • What Fear Did 19
  • The Appeasers 27
  • Winning America Over 41
  • Presidential Progress 49
  • Toward War 61
  • Preaching Peace 69
  • 'Short of War' 77
  • 'All Out' 83
  • There'll Always Be an England 87
  • The Bulletins 95
  • War Propaganda 97
  • British Propaganda to Bring Into the Next War 102
  • Propaganda for War 104
  • British Propaganda 1939 108
  • British Propaganda 1939 113
  • British Propaganda and America's Foreign Policy 116
  • British Propaganda and America's Foreign Policy 118
  • British Propaganda Results 119
  • British Propaganda Results 120
  • British Propaganda: Progress Reports 121
  • British Propaganda: Progress Reports 122
  • Notes 125
  • British Propaganda in America: Improved Technique 126
  • Is There British Propaganda in America? 130
  • Is There British Propaganda in America? 131
  • Notes on a Moral War 137
  • The Dream of Cecil Rhodes 140
  • The Dream of Cecil Rhodes 143
  • Comments 146
  • Comments 151
  • Are We "The Best Informed People in the World"? 154
  • Are We "The Best Informed People in the World"? 155
  • Sources of Information for Americans 157
  • Sources of Information for Americans 160
  • Notes 162
  • More Books that Inform 162
  • Morality--International and Academic 163
  • Morality--International and Academic 164
  • Recent Responses 168
  • Recent Responses 171
  • Our Phoney Neutrality 172
  • 'War and Peace' Propaganda 175
  • 'War and Peace' Propaganda 178
  • Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions 181
  • Hell is Paved with Good Intentions 184
  • The Finnish Flare-Up 186
  • The Finnish Flare-Up 187
  • On All Fronts 191
  • On All Fronts 195
  • Blood, Oil, and Dollars 207
  • Blood, Oil, and Dollars 213
  • Our 'Neutral' Naval Expansion Belt 219
  • Coming Events Cast Their Shadow 231
  • Coming Events Cast Their Shadow 231
  • 100 British Propagandists in America 239
  • 100 British Propagandists in America 241
  • An Intimate Letter to Readers 242
  • An Intimate Letter to Readers 244
  • What War Has Brought to Canada 247
  • A Canadian View 251
  • A Canadian View 252
  • Embroiling the Neutrals 254
  • Embroiling the Neutrals 255
  • Strangling, Starving, Falsifying,--For Power 261
  • Strangling, Starving, Falsifying,--For Power 263
  • The Threat to Our 'Civil Liberties' 269
  • The Threat to Our 'Civil Liberties' 272
  • Notes 274
  • The Coming Red Drive 275
  • The Coming Red Drive 280
  • International Inanities 282
  • International Inanities 285
  • On to Dictatorship 289
  • On to Dictatorship 290
  • The Gold Menace 293
  • The Gold Menace 295
  • Our Friends Reply 298
  • Our Friends Reply 301
  • Our Secret Alliance with Great Britain 304
  • Our Secret Alliance with Great Britain 305
  • Finland's Debts and Credits 310
  • Finland's Debts and Credits 313
  • A Time to Be on Guard 316
  • A Time to Be on Guard 320
  • Objections Raised by Correspondents 323
  • Objections Raised by Correspondents 326
  • What the Last War Cost 328
  • How Much Shall We Waste on This War? 329
  • How Much Shall We Waste on This War? 333
  • What This War Will Cost Us 334
  • What This War Will Cost Us 336
  • A Four Billion Dollar Election Fund 338
  • A Four Billion Dollar Election Fund 339
  • For Whose Religion? 340
  • For Whose Religion? 342
  • Notes 344
  • Witch Hund Ahead 346
  • Will Britain Win Our Election? 347
  • Will Britain Win Our Election? 349
  • 100% (anglo-) American (imperialist) 350
  • 100% (Anglo-) American (Imperialist) 352
  • 40 Million Conscripts 356
  • 40 Million Conscripts 361
  • The Build-Up for Willkie 363
  • The Build-Up for Willkie 366
  • No More Millionaires 369
  • No More Millionaires 372
  • Is Willkie's White Black, as Painted? 377
  • Is Willkie's White Black, as Painted? 379
  • Doctoring the Monroe Doctrine 381
  • Doctoring the Monroe Doctrine 386
  • Conscription Is Opposed 391
  • Conscription Is Opposed 396
  • From Our Correspondents 399
  • From Our Correspondents 402
  • Quickstep to War 403
  • Quickstep to War 405
  • $500,000,000 for South America 408
  • Hull's Havana 'triumph' 410
  • Hull's Havana 'triumph' 411
  • Will the Draft Be Honored? 413
  • Will the Draft Be Honored? 415
  • Waiting for Willkie 418
  • Waiting for Willkie 421
  • Unity Through Conscription 422
  • Unity Through Conscription 425
  • The Tide Turns Against Conscription 425
  • The Tide Turns Against Conscription 426
  • Notes 431
  • 'Amortization Amelioration' 432
  • Notes 436
  • The President's Predicament 439
  • Conscripts or Volunteers 441
  • Conscripts or Volunteers 442
  • The Voter's Dilemma 444
  • The Voter's Dilemma 447
  • The President's Secrets 449
  • The President's Secrets 450
  • Protecting War Profits 455
  • Protecting War Profits 461
  • The 'Wealth Conscription' Hoax 464
  • The 'Wealth Conscription' Hoax 467
  • More and More Mysteries 469
  • Hell Bent for Election 471
  • Dictatorship Today 473
  • Dictatorship Today 476
  • In Hitler's Footsteps 489
  • Building A Loyal Opposition 497
  • Building a Loyal Opposition 512
  • The Opposition Speaks Up 515
  • The Opposition Speaks Up 520
  • Prodding Japan into War 523
  • Prodding Japan into War 525
  • How Come France Collapsed 535
  • How Come France Collapsed 545
  • Why Germany Wins 553
  • Why Germany Wins 564
  • The Road We Follow 572
  • The Road We Follow 582
  • Whose 'New Order'? 595
  • Whose 'New Order'? 609
  • Adjustment and Change 614
  • Adjustment and Change 615
  • Index 619
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