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Time to Wake Up: Princeton Historian Warns World War III is Now a ‘Serious Threat’

Harold James received his PhD from Cambridge in 1982. He then received the Ellen MacArthur Prize for Economic History and the Helmut Schmidt Prize in Economic History. While teaching and studying at Princeton for the last three decades, James also serves on the editorial committee of the journal World Politics and is chairman of the Academic Council of EABH (European Association for Banking and Financial History). Needless to say, James is one of the most qualified historians in the world today, and, when he says something like the possibility of World War III is now a serious threat — society should listen.

James is not alone in his feelings either. Last month, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hand of their ‘Doomsday Clock’ to just two and a half minutes to midnight. The Science and Security Board warned: “The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.”

However, governments around the world seemingly couldn’t care less about the prospect of global catastrophe or world war. The United States, at least the portion powered by the military industrial complex, seems to love the idea.

“I think [a world war] is absolutely a serious threat,” he said in an interview with Sky News.

As the Free Thought Project pointed out, both China and Russia are reacting to constant provocation from the West. Earlier this month, responding to US posturing, Beijing surreptitiously revealed a highly accurate ballistic missile system with a range long enough to directly threaten Taiwan, the hotly disputed South China Sea, the Philippines, and Japanese and U.S. military bases in Asia — including Okinawa — with a nuclear first strike.

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Amazingly enough, Russia has remained calm in spite of the fact that thousands of NATO troops, including US soldiers, continue to amass on their border — an ostensible ‘peacekeeping’ mission.

Even though he has remained calm, President Vladimir Putin has not taken these putative defensive measures, including the installation of anti-missile systems, as anything less than a direct threat — and has repeatedly warned the amassing military presence provides ample justification for a first strike against the Western Alliance.

While responding to the commentators who compared the toxic environment of the 1930s with that of today, James said, “They are very scary comparisons, but I think it is a fair comparison and you can see something that is analogous to the story of the 1920s and the 1930s.

James then went on to implicate the two-party system and its constant push for conflict. As the Free Thought Project continually points out, the Left is for war, if with big government and the Right is for big government, if with war.

“That is the parties in the political middle and the center are on the whole in favor of openness, in favor of trade and in favor of migration, but they’re squeezed from both the right and the left…”

Professor James, like Ron Paul, believes that Global and open trade is key to maintaining peace, while economic protectionism, like what Donald Trump is doing, is dangerous.

“Not only does protectionism make everyone poorer—except certain special interests—but it also increases international tensions, and can lead to war,” Ron Paul points out.

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As James points out, this sharp swing away from open markets, borders and trade, toward protectionism, are the same factors that led us into the last two World Wars.

While James mentions ‘globalization’ as a factor in maintaining peace, his is not referring to some massive centralized government, but rather open trade among nations and the freedom of people to travel.

As Ron Paul points out, “although we think of ourselves as a free-trading nation, it takes more than 700 pages just to list all the tariffs on imported goods, and another 400 to inventory all the non-tariff restraints, such as quotas and ‘orderly marketing agreements.'”

And, these numbers are increasing almost daily.

James also went on to allude to the information war which is taking place in the media as well as the state and the role it plays in stoking tensions.

“In that sense, I think the aftermath of 1907 is as interesting as the 1930s.

“Because after 1907 the foreign ministries, defense ministries, intelligence agencies started to operationalize information – to think that information was essential to the control of military events – and there was a kind of arms race in terms of communications control.

“And we’re seeing that kind of arms race at the moment I think.”

“The story of unconventional warfare, with the role of Google or the role of Apple…those all feed into the debate whether communications can be controlled in the interest of national security,” he said.

Evidence of this information and propaganda war is everywhere as all sides of the political spectrum are now constantly caught in perpetuating falsehoods — creating an environment in which ‘truth’ is but a fleeting memory.

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Unfortunately, no one with any political influence seems to notice this shift, and the proverbial stampede of lemmings appear to be hellbent on hurling themselves off the cliff.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • This is the cream of the crop of economic historians? We are in so much trouble.

    Here’s the problem: corporations. They externalize costs and internalize profits. This is most clearly seen in how transnational corps invade (militarily or economically) poor countries, pollute and impoverish and bomb to smithereens while extracting resources. The goods manufactured from this plunder are sold to what’s left of the middle classes in the wealthier countries. This finances the operation. And then, get this: the flood of refugees generated by this business model are funneled right into the wealthier countries in order to lower wages and destabilize societies to prevent democratic reforms that might interrupt the money flow. The net result is the ongoing shrinkage of available resources and habitable environments and economies as wealth is funneled into a narrower and narrower demographic of investors and bankers. Of course it’s a given that the governments and media complexes which might hinder this inevitably fatal cancer are already well controlled by its beneficiaries. The “globalization” which is happening is the globalization of the shock doctrine. And its self-limiting nature is what makes WWIII inevitable. The only way to stop it in a capitalist society is precisely what trump is doing: erect protectionist barriers to cheap imports and the human casualties of war that result from those imports.

    And no mention of the role of the petrodollar in all this? Come ON people. Get some economics. Google it. It’s the proximate cause for the buildup to war. It’s why the “war on terror” was engineered as an excuse to invade the middle east. The western central bankers want to preserve their access to the goose that lays golden eggs while russia and china are trying their best to bypass it. This is why they are the immediate targets. But ultimately it will be the 0.1% vs the rest of the world.

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      You correct, rwinkel.

    • Dan B

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  • richardarcher

    In general, I agree with the conclusions in this opinion piece. However, it doesn’t add much credibility to the analysis to use Ron Paul as a point of reference for the analysis. Paul has openly stated that investigating members of his own party for wrong doing is not an appropriate use of Congressional resources, which in effect puts him in the position of shielding exactly the kinds of people and holders of power that this article attempts to challenge.

  • Steve

    The threat is nowhere as large as if Hillary was president. WWIII would have already started. McCain keeps pushing for it.

  • PRINCE4EVER O(->

    Albert Pike wrote long ago that the globalists need to have 3 World Wars to get their New World Order / One World Government. Two down…one to go!

  • Steve Rusk

    Looks like the lemmings intend to take the rest of us with them when they go over the cliff.

  • Blaine

    —“sharp swing away from open markets, borders and trade, toward protectionism…”—

    There is no ‘sharp swing’, only rhetoric. While maybe not the goal, the ultimate result of unrestricted global free trade is the complete dissolution of any comparative advantage, in other words the same end goal as ‘Globalism’.

    It maybe could be different with other currencies than fiat, but even commodity backed currencies can be manipulated on the global market. Some countries in the EU are in worse shape now than when they joined – they lack any currency controls and cannot even regulate the flow of goods and people.

    Citizens of any country aught to be able to protect their comparative advantages through legislation, whether that be skilled trades or natural resources.

  • raz-0

    I agree with the guy’s conclusion, but I don’t agree with what was put forth of his reasoning.

    There were lots of precursors to both WWI and WWII that we should have and did learn lessons from.

    We are now repeating them. If backing away from globalization is a warning sign, why wasn’t globilization and it’s equivalence of entangling alliances also not a huge risk factor.

  • permalink

    “Amazingly enough, Russia has remained calm in spite of the fact that thousands of NATO troops, including US soldiers, continue to amass on their border — an ostensible ‘peacekeeping’ mission.”

    What a bunch of bunk, and all in an article written by a Marine veteran no less.

    During the Cold War (pre-1990) there were 6 Divisions of US Army troops stationed in (West) Germany. (US Army Division about 20,000 soldiers)

    Now there are 2 permanent US Army Brigades (i in Germany and 1 in Italy), and 1 CONUS deployed Brigade. (US Army Brigade about 5,000 soldiers)

    To think the Russians are “shaking in their boots” is ludicrous. And on top of that, even the Russians are not “forward deployed” in Eastern Europe anymore.

    This article is nothing but a simple joke.

  • Chocodog

    This translates to, “if we can’t have unregulated free markets were going to have WWIII. Sounds like those websites that claim total economic meltdown because of fiat money, then totally ignore Fed. and Rothschilds’ role, then try to sell you gold or silver coins. One scam after another.

  • Dan B

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Qt6a-vaNM – The comparison to the 1930’s is not so accurate in light of what you will see here. I could tell you, but even if I explaining it in detail (which would take many hours for me to type), you wouldn’t believe it unless you see this…

  • Hanhnibal

    Trump is banking on WWIII. Smile as you hand over your children for fodder.