Compendium: Wartime Preparations and the Work-Standard (Pt. I of III)

Role of Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein

“Who says anyone can’t have fun in war?” That would be the motto of the Work-Standard because “war begets economy,” not the other way around. The “Total Mobilization of Production” always has its purpose to justify the constant Readiness-to-Hand. Liberal Capitalism has its “Total Mobilization of Production for Profit” and Socialisms unpegged to the Work-Standard has their “Total Mobilization of Production for Utility.” A Socialism pegged to the Work-Standard has its “Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein.”

In a potential arms race, the latter is more likely to prevail in the “Total Mobilization of Production for War.” Barring the usual gamut of war crimes, the Profit Motive and Marginal Utility do not exist in wartime. It was that weakness which Liberal Capitalists touted the promotion of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) as a deterrent against war for an FTA’s economic entanglements and political entanglements curtail freedom of action. And even then, why would anyone under Liberal Capitalist build weapons and munitions, vehicles, warships and aircraft if there are real limits to their returns on investments? Why bother with garnering Kapital from any endeavor where opportunities are limited to government contracts, civilian markets and war-torn lands?

Seriously, if any of those questions seem familiar, that is because they are interrelated with topics like the “military-industrial complex,” “police militarization,” “arms control” and “sanctions,” “school shootings,” and “gun control” within the United States. Armaments firms turn to their governments for Kapital in peacetime since the markets for civilian-grade armaments are not large. Most civilians have neither the Kapital nor Incentive to afford the arsenal of an entire armed forces. Never mind the Zeit needed to maintain and operate the arsenals and pay for its upkeep costs.

The only real exceptions to the rule are in the pages of Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and that one time PepsiCo acquired warships from the Soviet Union. The latter was a business deal showcasing corruption and incompetence to serve as an alleged example for the former. Regarding the former, von Hayek was convinced in Road to Serfdom that an Individual ought to literally become a one-man army like in a 1980s-style John Rambo or Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. He argued the idea sounded badass, insisting every Individual ought to act like a one-man army, even in economic contexts where an actual army is necessary. That was the overriding theme of his personal distaste for any economic planning, refusing to make any distinctions between the unsound and the sound. Such thinking will get no one anywhere in Life except reenacting some infamous scenes from Jackass, except with real injury, real imprisonment, real death; even among counterterrorism analysts, the most deranged school shooter and the most fanatical lone wolf terrorist received some help from others, both willing and unwilling. After all, what is the “free market” if not Individuals endlessly expropriating and competing for Kapital? 

In all seriousness, Dasein exists because no Individual within world history lives forever. This applies to everyone in all times of peace and war. Faced with the existential dread that comes with the Destiny of all nations, Dasein reassures the Individual of their place in world history by being self-aware their mortality, individuality, and reason to live. The world realized this early on in the Coronavirus Pandemic when world leaders resorted to wartime rhetoric to justify measures against the spread of Coronavirus and cracking down on dissent against social distancing, from dispelling conspiracy theories and crackpot cures online to imposing curfews and riot police offline. When the Coronavirus Pandemic ends, the next stressor will be coming from Climate Change and the economic ramifications it poses on all nations, including our archetypal Socialist nation-state in the SMP Compendium. That Socialist nation-state will be relying on the Work-Standard for more than just sustaining the Totality; the State will also need it to serve the Totality.

Antiwar advocates rest assured from the Coronavirus Pandemic demonstrating how the world is truly unprepared for any large-scale war with anyone. It may seem like a good thing at first until the Prices of everyday goods and services start rising and they begin to complain about the Prices. That may or may not affect the Socialist nation-state of the SMP Compendium. Depending on its location, the geography outside its cities, the population, industrial base, the size and composition of its armed forces are expected to be different. There may be moments in its history where that Socialist nation-state will need to prepare for a full-scale war against a hostile nation-state for any justifiable Intent. How it prepares for a conflict is where it matters before any onset of hostilities.

Command Structure of the Council State of the Socialist Nation

In times of both war and peace, the Socialist nation is governed by a “Council State,” a State with a functioning Council Democracy. The People’s Party controls the Legislative Branch vis-à-vis the State Council and its Electoral College. The Party controls the Judicial Branch by appointing sitting justices to the Honor Court. The Party controls the Executive Branch: a “President” as the Head of State in charge of the Cabinet and its Ministries and a “Chancellor” as the Head of Government in charge of the Legislative Branch. The President of the Socialist nation also serves the Party General Secretary, the Chancellor as the Party Chairman.

It has come to my attention that the ambiguities of the Cabinet need to be addressed here because the final three entries in the Compendium deal with the everyday activities of the Socialist nation over the course of an entire year. I will consolidate all of the information discussed throughout the Compendium in those three entries, putting any seemingly random entries into a coherent picture on behalf of the Political Organization Problem.

The Cabinet in the SMP Compendium, what is officially called the “Council of Ministers,” has sixteen Ministries. I have split the sixteen into four groups:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducts diplomacy with foreign nations on behalf of the Socialist nation. They are responsible for the establishment of embassies and consulates, establishing the national Intranet’s connection to the Internet and another Socialist nation’s Intranet, and the economic and financial activities of any Enterprises operating abroad. The Ministries of War, Intelligence, Energy & Armaments Production pertain to the armed forces, intelligence services, spy satellite, superweapons, and the procurement of armaments, ordnance, vehicles, warships, warplanes and so forth. The General Staff leads the Ministry of War and its “Departments” and “Offices” of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Auxiliaries. The fourth Department includes Corps-level Commands for Special Operations, Financial Warfare, Cyberwarfare, Space Warfare, the Party’s paramilitary formations, and student cadets of military academies within the Socialist nation’s SSE. Intelligence and Energy & Armaments Production both act as separate Ministries.   

The Ministries of Economics, Finance, and Transportation all pertain to the everyday affairs of the VCS Economy, the Central Bank in charge of the Life-Energy Reserve and Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, all State Banks, National-Socialized Banks, State Commissariats and Kontore. All three Ministries have Departments and Central Offices of inspectors, accountants, and economic planners in close communications with each other throughout the Socialist nation and anybody sent aboard on behalf of the Foreign Ministry. And the Transportation Ministry is responsible for the highways, railways, border patrols, seaports and airports, and the movement of Arbeit and Geld across international borders. Most SMP Compendium entries pertained to those three in order to conceptualize and describe the Work-Standard.  

The Ministries of Justice, Interior, and Health pertain to the emergency services. The national police forces, fire departments, and hospitals fall within those three Ministries. The Ministry of Justice is charge of the Socialist nation’s penitentiary system. The Ministry of Interior is also in charge of ecological affairs and landscaping. And the Ministry of Health oversees of the Socialist nation’s production of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

And the Ministries of Education, Science, Religious Affairs, Autonomous Regional Affairs, Culture, and Information pertain to social affairs. The national educational system’s Socialist Student Economy (SSE) and its student government are a part of the everyday activities of the Education Ministry, from nurseries and kindergartens to the most prestigious universities. The Information Sector of the VCS Economy, video gaming Industry, the national Intranet, scientific and engineering organizations, and other Technology-related concerns fall under the Science Ministry. Religious Affairs Ministry is the State’s direct line to the ecclesiastical authorities, the Socialist nation of the SMP Compendium having a sizeable majority of its roughly 100,000,000 citizens as adherents of Roman Catholicism. Similarly, the Socialist nation also has a few special autonomous communities of religious and ethnic minorities in the remote parts of the country, and the State maintains a direct line through the Autonomous Regional Affairs Ministry. The Socialist nation’s print publications, TV, radio, music, traditional festivities, and so forth are all under the auspices of the Culture Ministry. Any censorship done by the Socialist nation for media too obscene, offensive, racist, sexist, sectarian and of questionable veracity will eventually require the delicate, meticulous handiwork of the Information Ministry.   

The post-1945 world has under the shadows of digital technologies and nuclear weapons. We live in a world where the smallest technological mistake can bring about the end of the world, and there have been moments in the Cold War where it could have happened. To prepare for the unthinkable, the possibility of total war, the Council State shall maintain a hidden parallel government of handpicked successors with the Intent of maintaining its Continuity of Government (COG) plan. Anyone with a high enough Rank within the Ministries of the Council State is eligible, which can includes mid-level Party officials and State functionaries from the student government in charge of the Socialist nation’s SSE.

The State’s COG plan goes live once war has been declared. All handpicked successors have direct orders under the Constitution to be whisked away from their government offices in the opening hours and sheltered in undisclosed deep underground command bunkers throughout the Socialist nation. If the whole line of succession is either killed, incapacitated or captured by the enemy, or if their whereabouts cannot be located beyond the mist-shrouded fog of war, they have a Constitutional Obligation to take over the roles of the central government and lead the war effort.

Preparing for Peace

The Work-Standard has the Industries of the Ministry of Energy & Armaments Production as “State-Administrated Enterprises” under the direct command of the State vis-à-vis the Ministry of War and the General Staff of High Command. The armaments industries may be producing NATO STANAG (STANardization AGreement) or old Warsaw Pact materiel under production licenses. Alternatively, those armament industries could be manufacturing domestic weaponry. In any case, the overall firepower of contemporary armaments since Cold War are impractical for a large-scale conflict. The General Staff of High Command at the Ministry of War are well-aware that, no matter how much Geld is allocated to the armed forces, the materiel needs to be practical and cheap enough to replace losses. The General Staff expects the Socialist nation to understand the political-economic realities of war and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices in wartime.

Consider the US military, and how the Rust Belt region resembles more like a museum to past achievements than being an actual workspace for instance. The Department of Defense may be spending far more than most militaries but most of its materiel are too expensive and difficult to replace in any large-scale conflict. Let that conflict drag on for longer than the opening weeks and most of their arsenals and munitions will be depleted before the year is over. All the complex, advanced weapons, vehicles, warships and aircraft fielded by most nations will be destroyed, abandoned, captured or lost at sea. Whatever remains on the battlefield will need lots of replacement parts, fuel, and munitions to continue fighting.

Naturally, the conventional wisdom for any national economy in the state of Total Mobilization is to produce everything on ‘larger Scales, shorter Durations’ with ‘narrower Scopes and higher Densities’ as possible. In essence, to produce lots of materiel with as few design differences and to ensure faster manufacturing and replacements with as much resources as physically possible. But can any nation genuinely expect to maintain that current rate of production to persist and not expect industries to be attacked by enemy forces or not have enough resources? How will the nation finance its war effort? Will rationing be introduced and how will the Attrition Rate be measured? How will the Work-Standard operate under wartime conditions and to what extent?

These questions are to be addressed to the State by the economic planners of the Socialist nation. The Heads of State and Government, State Council and Central Bank must recognize that the need for Authentic Dasein is essential for the war effort. Depending on the overall rates of production in the lead up to any possible conflict in the unforeseeable future, the greater the preparedness of the Totality in its Readiness-to-Hand Arbeit and Geld for the war effort, the less rationing and fewer shortages there will be. Some sacrifices are going to be made and that will depend on the overall complexity in the arsenal of the armed forces.

The best-possible Quality of Arbeit is going to be coming from war production that requires a decent Duration in its manufacturing process and Density in the concentration of manpower and resources. The greatest Scale and broadest Scope can be achieved until the onset of high Attrition. The logistics involved in the movement of materiel requires delicate planning and there will always be potential for bottlenecks and inefficiencies, which can be mitigated if the economic planners can detect them sooner rather than later. That was the premise behind MTEP: maintain a hierarchical chain of command by integrating them into every step of the production process.

The designing of weapon systems is crucial in minimizing potential Attrition and logistical problems once the finished product leaves the assembly line. There are limits to this, however, because the overall quality of its design affects the Quality of Arbeit when it is being manufactured. Similar sources of high Quality of Arbeit will come from industries providing the best-possible quality and can do so in a reliable, competent manner. Those who have proven themselves worthy with the most sincere, genuine effort will be the ones contributing the most Arbeit and those who fail to follow their example will be denounced as such by the State Commissariats.  

The financing of the war effort under the Work-Standard is affected by the sustaining of the war effort by the Totality. As long as the Totality is producing everything that its armed forces could possibility need, there will be more than enough Geld for the State to fund the war effort. That changes the moment military-industrial facilities are attacked by the enemy. Should the enemy have ground forces approaching those facilities, it is possible to expect Attrition to rise in a desperate bid to defend the facilities with weapons rolling off the assembly lines for any friendly units that happen to be in the vicinity. Schuld will begin to accumulate the moment the war effort yields an imbalanced budget, which can be dealt with after the cessation of hostilities.

As in peacetime, the need to avoid Attrition still applies in wartime. The national economy cannot always be expected to sustain the war effort around the clock. At some point, the workforce is going to become weary as the conflict continues and striking a balance between what is expected of them and their chances to rest is a necessity in curtailing Attrition. Having Zeit in the work-week for breaks at different periods of each day is important. Only in instances of imminent contact with the enemy may this decision be suspended.   

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