War and PeeCE
By: M. J. Sperry
"No war by any nation in any time has ever been declared by the people" - Eugene Debs 1855-1926
The truth of the above quote is self evident. While the quote speaks for itself, it also implies that an inhibiting connection should exist between the declaration of war and the people who have to fight the war, a connection that must pass directly and exclusively through the citizen's vote. Question: Why would anyone who actually had to fight and possibly die in war, declare war? Answer: For one and only one reason; because there simply is no other alternative.
The Debs Principle: Warlike society and genuine suffrage are mutually exclusive
If the Debs Principle is accepted as true, then it follows that in a warlike society genuine suffrage must be non-existent and conversely, non-existent suffrage becomes a prodigious predictor of warlike behavior. In a warlike society either the vote is overtly non-existent, or it is only an elaborate facade, certainly involving a coerced or complicit media to complete the deception.. Genuine suffrage automatically moderates a society. The knowledge of this raises the possibility of a simple solution to an age old problem, war.
Redefined: war (wor) n. 1. the violent, though subtle result of a lack of genuine suffrage
A Shining Example of A Peaceful Nation
If the Debs Principle is valid, then there should be examples of nations that rarely go to war, where the people are in control through their vote. There should also be examples of nations that regularly are at war, where the people lack control through a facade of a vote.
Consider Switzerland, the foremost democracy of the world. Many have the mistaken impression that the Swiss are controlled by the banking system they are so well known for. Actually, it is just the opposite. The Swiss people hold as tight a reign on their banking system as they do on their government.
The Swiss abandoned their Constitution in the 1930s, adopted a new one modeled on the U.S. Constitution, then added many new amendments and refinements. The people control everything through their elected leaders, with provision to easily repeal unpopular laws directly through referendum. Elected leaders simply don't make laws they know the people will reverse.
As to 'war', Switzerland hasn't been at war in almost 500 years. The last time its army actually fought was out of self defense with the invasion of Napoleon in 1798. Though it has been neutral since 1515 it is no wimp. A good thing since it is not a member of the UN nor NATO. It is armed to the teeth, with a very well provisioned standing army and takes its equivalent of our second amendment quite seriously.
By the time a citizen reaches 18 they have been checked out on the use of various weaponry. They are then permanently issued a machine gun and ammunition which they store away, just in case. During World War II the one country Adolph Hitler reportedly wanted to invade more than any other was Switzerland. His Generals talked him out of it, after convincing him of the terrible price to be paid for such a transgression. Clearly the Swiss experience constitutes compelling evidence, that while the vote moderates a society, it doesn't turn that society into sheep who aren't prepared to fight, if they have to.
The USA - The Most Warlike Nation on Earth
During the period 1776 through 1876, there were two external wars fought by the U.S., the War of 1812 against the British and the Mexican-American War. Between 1876 and today (133 yrs) there have been no less than eight wars the U.S. has initiated or participated in, not counting its many overt (and covert) warlike "actions". In light of the preceding, the Debs Principle would predict: The U.S. citizen vote was somehow lost during this latter time period 1876-2009.
In 2007 the author of this essay published an ebook entitled: Desiderata Of The Citizen Vote.(1) The book dealt with several things but most notably, its documented assertion that the U.S. popular vote was first stolen on an orchestrated national scale, during the elections of the 1880's. This was precisely the same time frame that the "secret ballot" was introduced in the United States.