Preview of “Third Place: Student Cooperatives and the 600-Ship Navy (Pt. II of II)”

The [Democratic-Republican Party] in the arena of world politics have gorged themselves in all respects. Although they can [afford untold sums of Kapital and Schuld], they do not possess top-notch statesmen, planners, military leaders, scientists, nor [an American] people willing to make sacrifices and capable of accomplishing great historic feats. [Jeffersonianism does not] have an attractive ideal. The crux of [every Jeffersonian] miscalculation is the belief that allies can be bought with [Kapital and Schuld]. Alliances are not cemented with ideologies but rest squarely on common interests. Alliances too are respected as long as interests remain mutual. But America’s interests do not run parallel with those of Asia or Europe, not even with those of Britain or Latin America. The slogan which stirs the world today is the word ‘Anti-Capitalism.’

The American people, who were untouched by the destructive course of two World Wars, are constantly plagued by a guilty conscience. They are bothered by a gnawing doubt as to whether they always make the right decisions. Too often have they miscalculated and, when something goes wrong, they easily fall victim to a hangover. Great decisions can only be made by a well-prepared people with strong nerves.

[Meanwhile,] our people [can] be called upon for [any] historic decisions. A nation which has lost [so much] in the short span but is already again conscious of its future tasks, can never be defeated. National training and [political-economic] schooling [in the SSE have nurtured the student body] for the execution of world politics on a grand style. No other [youth] on Earth [commands] such political maturity, fanatical faith, ironclad willpower and flexibility in tactics—not merely to overcome defeat but also to start again from scratch. Tradition and belief in a world mission [can electrify an entire generation]. Everyone feels within [their] deepest consciousness that the great national task—the [Socialist world order]—will ultimately be crowned with victory.

Everywhere there emerges the desire for [this world order, expressed by] an outspoken aversion [toward Neoliberalism]. In this extended transitory period, it should prove possible to build up a new political bloc [against the Empire of Liberty]. The economic advantages and the political possibilities in such a new power combination would put the [Jeffersonians] against the wall.”

The Student Codetermination

The SSE wields a multitude of capabilities that will never be found in OECD-Type Student Economies. Its Student Government provides the student body with hands-on training and education on governing the SSE in preparation for governing the Socialist Nation itself. It provides every student their own opportunity to serve the Draft outside the armed forces, build diplomatic relations through Student Exchanges, and even facilitate the Student Codetermination of the Military-Industrial Complex. The latter provides students with the means of production necessary for creating a 600-Ship Navy in the timespan of a single Four-Year Work-Plan and at the fraction of the cost when compared to the Jeffersonian version.

A 600-Ship Navy is in fact be realizable by an SSE’s Student Cooperatives exercising Codetermination in the Military-Industrial Complex. Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Battlecruisers, Heavy and Light Cruisers, Destroyers and Frigates, Patrol Boats and Amphibious Assault Ships, Troopships and Hospital Ships, U-Boats and Minesweepers. Everything can be built in secret despite the entire production process existing in plain sight. Technology also exists for TBM (Tunnel Boring Machines) to construct Deep Underground Shopping Centers (DUSCs) and building materials to create the Germanic Shopping Citadel, the eponymous-named Third Place. With enough Arbeit and Geld, it is now possible for the Third Place to be literally constructed underwater, below the seafloor itself!

Consider the following tables on the number of warships that the US Navy between 1938 and 2016. How perplexing is it for one to realize that the US Navy had nearly 7,000 warships in August 1945, a feat that the US Navy itself has never achieved before or ever since? Is The Work-Standard capable of achieving similar results?

Size and Composition in April 2015

While it is true that the US industrial base has been allowed to deteriorate by the Jeffersonians after 1945, this factor alone cannot explain the overemphasis on increasingly expensive and impractical applications of naval technologies. Historian Paul Kennedy explained this Economic Calculation Problem best within his section on the US in Rise and Fall of the Great Powers:

“In the area of military procurement itself, allegations of ‘waste, fraud and abuse’ have been commonplace. The various scandals over horrendously expensive, underperforming weapons which have caught the public’s attention in recent years have plausible explanations: [the presence] of competitive bidding and of market forces in the Military-Industrial Complex, and the tendency toward ‘gold-plated’ weapons systems, not to mention the striving [to achieve the greatest Quantity of Kapital for the least Quantity of Schuld]. It is difficult, however, to separate deficiencies in the procurement process from what is clearly a more fundamental happening: the intensification of the impacts which new technological advances make upon the art of war[.]

Nevertheless, the fact that the Reagan administration in its first term spent 75% more on new aircraft than the Carter regime but acquired only 9% percent more planes points to the appalling military-procurement problem of [Neoliberalism]:  Given the technologically driven tendency toward spending more and more money upon fewer and fewer weapons systems, would the [Democratic-Republican Party and the EU/NATO forces] have enough sophisticated and highly expensive aircraft and tanks in reserve after the early stages of a ferociously fought conventional war [with the Socialist Nation of the SMP Compendium]? Does the US Navy possess enough attack submarines, or frigates, if heavy losses were incurred in the early stages of the third Battle of the Atlantic? If not, the results would be grim; for it is clear that today’s complex weaponry simply cannot be replaced in the short times which were achieved during the Second World War.”

-Paul Kennedy, Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000, ca. 1987

Unlike its early 20th century incarnation, the US Navy in the 21st century can no longer afford to sustain a new Pearl Harbor and a new Battle of the Atlantic. A new-old Imperial Japan can assert naval supremacy in the Pacific and a new-old German Reich can assert naval supremacy in the Atlantic at a fraction of the cost and within a shorter timeframe. Backed by The Work-Standard’s Socialist Finance, Socialist Technology and Socialist Fintech (Financial Technology), it is now possible to envisage the Japanese, the Germans and the other eight Pariahs from Part I to field either a 600-Ship Navy. A 6,000-Ship Navy is also within the realm of possibility for the Pariahs, regardless of whether we are talking about one of the Pariahs or all ten of them.

What plagues the US Navy under the Democratic-Republican Party is likewise for the rest of the US Armed Forces. Like the US Navy, the overall combat readiness of the US Army, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US National Guard, US Coast Guard, and US Air National Guard are all dependent on the same Quantity of Kapital in existence and the same Quantity of Schuld in existence. How much Kapital is being allocated to the US Department of Defense and how much Schuld is being allocated to the US National Debt are decisive in Financial Warfare. When the Pariahs of the Eurasian landmass adopt The Work-Standard, the Democratic-Republican Party has nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Today the [Jeffersonians] have political headaches in every nook and cranny of the world. They are not only trapped in Korea, but they are also worried by the uncertain and hectic developments in China, Japan, Iran, Germany, [Eastern Europe and the Middle East], Turkey and Africa. There are deep-rooted differences with Great Britain and France and, above all, the Russian bear is poised to spring at any moment.

[For now, our Economy must] regain its previous position: the Markets in East and Southeast Europe, in Latin America and in Africa. China and the rest of Southeast Asia offer us a great future. There we can eliminate the [Jeffersonians and the EU/NATO] from competition, especially if we conduct our negotiations with the Soviets in a smart way. Our increasing economic power and ability to elbow our way politically, must be employed alternately. A prudent and undeviating policy will make it possible to establish someday a new political order in the world which will supersede the present colossi—the [Democratic-Republican Party] and the [Empire of Liberty].

Though we are powerless at present, we have nonetheless never permitted ourselves to be disarmed spiritually and scientifically. [Our] scholars are working unremittingly [in the SSE] as well as abroad on great scientific plans for the future. [F]irst-class scientists are working in the fields of interplanetary navigation, chemistry and on cosmic rays. Our scientists, unhampered in their work, have sufficient time and are planning day and night for [the] future. It is the [Prussian] spirit that creates modern weapons and that will bring surprising changes in the present relationship of forces.

Economic difficulties will one day plunge the [Empire of Liberty] from its present dizzy heights. Such a catastrophe can be brought about through crafty manipulations and through artificially engendered crises. Such maneuvers are routine measures which have already been employed in international power struggle and will be used again and again as long as economic rivals fight for power positions and Markets in the world.”

The World of the Future

“Everything depends on our succeeding in making the government firm and keeping it firm; whether it pleases us or not, there is nothing else and whoever can, should help. Who is unable to do so, or cannot bring himself to do it, should at least not disturb. But that is done by stupid newspaper articles which publicize the many weaknesses and ridiculous traits of the Reich. That is also done by resolutions and speeches against the military decrees which emanate from the officers’ side. It is very easy to say ‘This is unheard of’, and then to do nothing; it is very difficult to try to find usable timber among the ruins. Politics is the art of the possible, not what is desirable. My world looks different from that of today; but I will try and help that the two of us and another few Germans can live in the world of the future. To achieve this will be difficult enough, if it can be achieved.”

-Hans von Seeckt, in a Letter to His Wife, ca. February 12, 1919

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