Why Religious Vocations are Exempted from Military and Work-Conscription
There is one segment of the population who will always be exempted from military conscription and work-conscription. A special exemption will always exist for anyone who decides to pursue the priesthood as a seminarian or religious life as the postulant of a religious order. This exemption is called the “Religious Discernment Deferment.” It remains in effect for as long as they are committed to their religious Vocations and becomes permanent after their ordination. There is an Implicit Intent behind why the Religious Discernment Deferment exists.
The Religious Discernment Deferment is an honorable exemption for those seeking the priesthood or religious life under the Intents of Command and Obedience. Just as the military adheres to Command and Obedience, the same is also true for the Catholic priesthood and religious orders. In fact, we cannot speak of Command and Obedience without eventually acknowledging its antecedent in the Catholic Church. For unlike the laity, those who willingly pursue those Vocations are engaged in the spiritual realm as opposed to the physical realm because are inwardly informed by a higher sense of Duty. They deserve this exemption due to their importance in the spiritual life of the Socialist nation, serving as examples of why we reject Scientific Atheism as a perversion of Hegelian political philosophy and why we oppose the emergence of Cults of Personality.
A strong religious devotion to the Catholic faith is essential for the Socialist nation. We refuse Scientific Atheism for its rejection of the need for religious belief as essential to rejecting the Materialistic tendencies of Liberal Capitalism. This is the same Materialistic tendencies that rendered Marxist Theory so vulnerable to Liberal Capitalist subversion, given its concepts like “Historical Materialism” and “Dialectical Materialism” for instance. Liberal Capitalism, as an old holdover from the Enlightenment, rejects the Catholic Dasein on grounds of faith and morals because of its insistence in adhering to a purely Materialistic Weltanschauung. When Liberal Capitalism claims ‘there is no God’, it is claiming that people have no souls that are spiritually bound by a national-cultural Collective Consciousness and a Collective Unconsciousness, rejecting the spiritual in favor of the “biological concept of race.”
“Race,” as everyday Americans generally interpret this specific term, is a social construct insofar as it is informed by the same psychological and psychic conditions conducive to Kapital and Schuld. It is part of the same Weltanschauung which claims that one’s race is only defined by the color of one’s skin or that the Market/Mixed Economy gives the Western world a perceived sense of racial superiority over those who rejected Liberal Capitalism. There are no “White Americans,” no “Black Americans,” no “Brown Americans,” no “Red Americans,” and no “Yellow Americans.” There are, however, European Americans, African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. A ‘Prussian-American’ and an ‘English-American’ are not “White people”; they are American Prussians and American Englishmen first and foremost. Such notions of “changing demographics” in America is Jeffersonian demagoguery, threatening to undermine the national Solidarity of the American Totality insofar as it originated in the fears of old American slave plantation owners terrorized by the possibility of slave revolts.
There are only two ways for the American Totality to be united: Hamiltonian Federalist Socialism and Roman Catholicism. Most Americans, including those who are not Catholic, would prefer the former over the latter. This in turn leads to the other justification behind the Religious Discernment Deferment, the need to combat the rise of Cults of Personality within political life. In politically divided nation-states, the Cult of Personality emerges to forge a consensus around demagogues and populists. It is to be rejected as a sign of weakness because it stifles critical and creative thinking, creating the false belief that the subject of the Cult of Personality can do nothing wrong. Religious belief can minimize the effects of a Cult of Personality because the Cult of Personality consistently preys on those looking for beliefs that can only exist in the spiritual realm.
Why the VCS Economy Rations, Repurposes, and Recycles Everything
The VCS Economy rejects the dialectics of Consumerism and Producerism. The state of Total Mobilization has a tendency of depleting natural resources and causing environmental degradation. This fact becomes even more apparent in wartime. Every effort has to be made at conserving resources and preserving the environment for future generations. The more resources we are capable of preserving and the more we are capable of conserving, the greater our chances of sustaining the war effort. It is possible for us to minimize the effects of wartime rationing and shortages if we plan ahead under peacetime conditions.
Our scientists and engineers have a Legal Duty to help the Socialist nation realize the Technology necessary for enhancing the capabilities of the Work-Standard. They must be willing to assist the Socialist nation to research, design and implement the ways in which we can pursue sustainable alternatives. If there is any way for the VCS Economy to consume fewer resources without sustaining any losses to the RTEP and RTFP, they need to be evaluated by the State and introduced by the Totality. Remember, the State and the Totality must ensure that they will be able to live within their own means of production. This extends to the resources that the VCS Economy needs to manufacture all of the everyday goods and services for the Socialist nation.
It is true that the VCS Economy can create a lot of Arbeit and Geld by harvesting natural resources. The VCS Economy can achieve even more Arbeit and Geld if the State implements ways in which the Totality can recycle and repurpose anything. There are a number of strategic resources that will need to be rationed, certain Equipmentalities to be repurposed, and waste products to be recycled into materials intended for production. Our Socialist nation should consider investigating ways of manufacturing zero-carbon synthetic fuels, durable synthetic rubber, synthetic fabrics, biodegradable plastics, and synthetic metals. The State should finance the research and development of those technologies, in addition to similar endeavors within pharmaceuticals, building materials, nuclear transmutation of base metals into other base metals, ways of closing the nuclear fuel cycle, and ways of cultivating agriculture in the most inhospitable environments.
We must also recognize that modern warfare, in addition to requiring vast amounts of resources, tends to leave traces of environmental damage on battlefield. The vast fields of burning vehicles, pillaged countryside, poisoned rivers and lakes, and city ruins need to be quickly dealt with. The military can be address them while deployed in the field, but they need the Technology to heal the environment. This will become important in the immediate cessation of hostilities.
On Military Arbeit and Military Geld
In addition to the religious, medical and educational professions, the military professions are also a high-tier contributor of Arbeit and Geld. Our armed forces primarily contribute Military Arbeit whenever they are undergoing training, exercises, conducting combat patrols and battling the enemy. They also generate Military Geld upon converting them from Military Arbeit, manufacturing armaments, or interacting with the VCS Economy and Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System vis-à-vis Office VI (“Priority Requisition”) of the Kontore. Of course, this is assuming the Socialist nation is living under peacetime conditions only.
Wartime conditions are a different matter altogether. Expect the rates of Military Arbeit to rapidly rise and fall in the heat of battle. We lose a lot of Military Arbeit as we continue to lose battles and eventually entire campaigns. We also lose a lot of Military Geld as military-industrial facilities are bombed, sabotaged or captured by the enemy. Both apply even more so if entire military formations are wiped out and the enemy captures remaining personnel to be detained for the duration of the conflict.
Conversely, the rates at which we can gain Military Arbeit coincides with our ability to sustain the size and composition of our armed forces. The larger the armed forces, the more Military Arbeit we can expect to gain. The fewer casualties our troops have received on the battlefield, the more Military Arbeit we will have left over when the war ends.
This in turn brings us to the concept of Military Geld in wartime. On the homefront, the Central Bank can readily convert Military Arbeit into Actual Arbeit whenever the armed forces are defending the Socialist nation on its own soil. The Central Bank can also convert any Military Geld from the production of armaments and munitions, vehicles, warships and aircraft into Actual Geld and stored along with the rest of the Life-Energy Reserve. Where the Central Bank cannot convert Military Arbeit into Military Geld or Military Geld into Actual Geld because those tasks belong to the Ministry of War. At the same time, the Central Bank cannot convert Military Arbeit into Actual Arbeit if the armed forces are deployed overseas. The Central Bank can convert Military Arbeit into Actual Arbeit if the personnel are still in the Socialist nation, but not for those who have been deployed overseas by the General Staff at the Ministry of War.
There will be moments when the Central Bank will not be in direct communications with the armed forces deployed overseas. The Central Bank may not always know the exact extent of Military Arbeit and Military Geld because of wartime censorship by the Ministry of Information. If the Central Bank does not have any communications with the armed forces, Military Arbeit and Military Geld cannot be converted into Actual Arbeit and Actual Geld to be stored in the Life-Energy Reserve. It is up to the General Staff to decide when to give the Central Bank the information related to the Quality of Military Arbeit and the Quality of Military Geld.
And instead of being issued Actual Geld as Paygrades, the armed forces receive Military Geld as payment. The General Staff has logistical support units tasked with overseeing the process of converting Military Arbeit into Military Geld on the battlefield. These logistical support units are responsible for ensuring that all personnel will receive their Military Geld as Paygrades. The payments may take on the form of an envelope full of Military Geld or else Military Geld wired electronically to the soldier, sailor, airman or marine’s personal savings account. The recipient of this Military Geld may receive a special payment card where they can insert into a specially-built automated teller machine to deposit or withdraw any Military Geld from their savings account. This will only be available if there is already electrical power and encrypted communications.
All personnel will be able to convert their Military Geld into Actual Geld at Office IV of the Kontore once they have returned home from combat operations. This can be facilitated by an online digital bank on our national Intranet, by automated teller machines, by a National-Socialized Bank (NSB) or State Bank authorized by our Council State to operate overseas branches, or by Office IV (“Currency Conversion”) of the Kontore. Choosing any one of those options is more than enough to suffice. The Implicit Intent of this is to deter circulation of any Actual Geld into war-torn nations, our military inadvertently fueling the creation of black markets by civilians without a reliable Currency. Loved ones with a friend or a family member in the armed forces shall refrain from sending Actual Geld to them overseas. Our military will be tasked with introducing the Work-Standard to the foreigners once the combat has ceased. They will need all the help that they can get to combat black markets, corruption and desertions among members of the defeated government and its armed forces, insurgencies, transnational organized crime and terrorist groups.
Occupational Governments and Postwar Reconstruction
Military Arbeit and Military Geld are not just another source of Arbeit and Geld for the Central Bank’s Life-Energy Reserve. Both are also capable of being created outside of combat, in the event that the Socialist nation is occupying another nation and is actively assisting in its postwar reconstruction. Even if the Socialist nation relies on Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein, the Work-Standard, a simplified Taxation System and a Command Economy, there are important lessons to be learned from the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
When the Iraqi Ba’athist regime fell, Iraq was a Planned Economy badly crippled by the Iran-Iraq and Persian Gulf Wars as well as the LIEO’s economic sanctions. The US-backed reconstruction of Iraq was done haphazardly, hampered by a military bureaucracy more interested in finding multinational corporations who had no qualms about profiting from the reconstruction efforts. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) operated according to the Economic Calculation Problem as opposed to the Political Organization Problem, even as the CPA transitioned Iraq’s Planned Economy to a Market Economy. Due to the political instability associated with the insurgencies during the conflict, the Iraqi Economy eventually settled for a Mixed Economy. The Iraqis had to opt for a Mixed Economy as a compromise between the two and for good reason.
Iraq’s healthcare, water, electrical, sanitation, and waste treatment systems barely recovered in the years after 2003. It was only until the late 2000s did some of those systems began recovering to their pre-2003 levels. The US military in Iraq was restricted in its ability to intervene and assist the post-Ba’athist government, as evidenced by the lack of enough troops and the lack of orders from superiors to deal with the looting in 2003. It also did not help that the Iraqi Mixed Economy grew dependent on foreign investors and petroleum production, which at one point suffered from the effects of the Economic Calculation Problem. Not only were the oil workers unaware of the Price of their petroleum, they also did not know where the petroleum Revenues were going. Were they supposed to be going to the Iraqi government or to the foreign investors invited by the US in 2005?
Two-and-a-half years after the US invasion of Iraq, the country’s oil industry is still in disarray. An official of the Oil Ministry in Baghdad told ISN Security Watch, on condition of anonymity: ‘We do not know the exact quantity of oil we are exporting, we do not exactly know the prices we are selling it for, and we do not know where the oil revenue is going to.’
According to Baghdad press reports, export revenues are still not sufficient to cover the Iraqi state budget. The government is forced to take loans from international banks to cover its running expenses.
Although the US invested around US$1.3 billion in the rehabilitation of oil plants damaged by lack of maintenance during 13 years of UN sanctions, the daily output of approximately 1.3 million barrels remains far below Iraq’s pre-war production level of 2.5 million barrels.
The production goal for December 2004 of 3 million barrels per day, set by the US and the Iraqi government, cannot be reached in the near future, according to experts within the Iraqi Oil Ministry who talked to ISN Security Watch.
The Iraqi government looks set to lose US$8 billion a year in potential oil revenue, due to the poor current state of the oil industry.Heiko Flottau, Iraqi Oil Industry in Crisis, ca. 12 July 2005
The US occupation and reconstruction has shown that, in the state of Total Mobilization, it is not Individuals that need to be guarded. Rather, it is the key infrastructure, government buildings, banking institutions, museums, cultural and archaeological sites, and any place in the other country that can be looted. Our General Staff at the Ministry of War must learn from the mistakes of that military occupation by the US. We may not be invading any country anytime soon, the Socialist nation should at least be given the assurances that lessons were inferred from those experiences.
To deter looting by civilians driven to desperation by the collapse of their government, our General Staff ensure that there will be more than enough troops to garrison those critical sites. There needs to be Direct Orders on the ground for the troops to defend those sites not only from counterattacks, but also from people trying to walk away with anything of value, electronics, national treasures, and government documents. Our military should, whenever possible, crack down on such dissent and combat any insurgencies before they have any chances of emerging later in the year. They need to be able to enforce martial law while our Council State works tirelessly to set up a new government to be recognized by the rest of the world under international law.
The military contributes its Military Arbeit to its ‘Militarized Life-Energy Reserve’ by conducting everyday operations and participating directly in the reconstruction efforts. It generates Military Geld by being deployed oversees under the direct command of the General Staff at the Ministry of War. The new government in the occupied country will soon be producing its own Arbeit and Geld, but it cannot begin to do so without assistance from our own Council State. As soon as the Central Bank reestablishes encrypted communications with the occupation forces, the Central Bank will receive the Military Arbeit and Military Geld, registering them as “Actual Arbeit” and “Actual Geld” from then on. This allows the Ministry of War to allocate Geld for the troops’ Paygrades and Geld for the postwar reconstruction. Both can and will be done simultaneously.
Note that unlike the Military Arbeit that can be easily converted into Actual Arbeit in peacetime, the same cannot always be true for Military Arbeit in contexts where a Mechanization Rate is impractical. And unlike the Military Geld that be converted into Actual Geld, the effects of the Economic Socialization and the Solidarity Rate are also limited in these conditions. Additionally, depending on how proactive our military chooses to be proactive, we can expect their Force Multipliers to run as high as ‘5.00’ in terms of Quality of Arbeit. Theor Mechanization Rate, Economic Socialization, and the Solidarity Rate can only be reimplemented whenever the occupation force reestablishes communications with the Central Bank while participating directly in the postwar reconstruction efforts. Knowing this, what are the important necessities that the military will need to provide until the new government can finally take over? What are things that the military must not do under international law?
The new government will be asked by our Council State to implement the Work-Standard in order to facilitate the Command-Obedience Account Bookkeeping. This is a special offer that must be given enough forethought and deliberation on their part. Any Schuld that the new government inherited from the previous one can be paid off with the Work-Standard. Thus, whatever Geld that the Council State sends to the new government will be counted as “Foreign Aid” in their financial ledgers. For the Council State, our economic planners will be allocating this Geld under the printed “Development Aid” space of their own financial ledgers.
We begin our postwar reconstruction efforts with the military working to restore energy production for electricity, running water and sanitation, and helping the healthcare and educational professions restore the hospitals and schools. If the cities need to be rebuilt, the military will need to assist the civilians. The military should ensure that the public transportation and postal code systems are restored along with the usual modes of communications, defending them against potential sabotage by insurgents. The urban streets need to be safe enough for trash collection and hospital ambulances. If there are any fires, the military needs to be proactive and help the civilians put out the fires until the new government is confident enough to take over.
The troops will be asked to need to continue with their garrisoning and policing duties until the new government feels confident enough to take over. We will know when their government consolidates power and is strong enough to sustain itself with the Work-Standard. At that point, our troops can finally leave the country and return home. Depending on how many troops we send to that foreign land and how proactive our generals were in helping the new government and its civilians return to peacetime, it is possible to complete the reconstruction effort in a year or two.
Unlike the Political Organization Problem, the Economic Calculation Problem has virtually nothing on this matter. Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek were not expecting a Socialist nation to be able to field an armed forces that is powerful and large enough to literally invade another nation, impose martial law, and assist in the postwar reconstruction. In fact, they were expecting the Socialist nation to be unable to engage in international politics to begin with because they assumed the Socialist nation would be too fixated on its domestic affairs. If there was anything that those men considered relevant to the Economic Calculation Problem, it was how much Kapital ought to be worth in privatizing a Planned/Command Economy and how much Kapital ought to be worth in allowing foreign investors to profit from the postwar reconstruction, which was essentially what happened in the wake of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Given the CPA Orders related to Iraqi economic life, it is clear that the US occupation was preoccupied with the Economic Calculation Problem than the Political Organization Problem.