Regular readers of the Isaac Brock Society will probably not be among those who believe that it is inconceivable that the United States will attempt to forcibly annex Canada and that I am nuts for thinking it possible. We are already suffering from capricious treatment at the extra-territorial hands of the United States. Besides, I’ve only stated what is obvious from an historical point of view: What does a nation experiencing severe financial difficulties do if it has a powerful military? More often than not, it begins to plunder its neighbors. Moreover, if something is inconceivable or impossible, it may have a 20% chance of coming true.
The United States is on the verge of hyperinflation. A nation cannot remain stable while continuing to borrow over 50% of what it spends, to have a debt which exceeds GDP, to maintain unfunded liabilities up to four times its official debt –it must either cut spending or devalue its currency. Cutting spending will result in riots in the street, mob violence and potentially civil war. How many want to bet the US politicians will choose to debase the currency instead? This will in turn lead to chaos and instability. Gas could go to a $100 per gallon or more. Prices for food, electricity, heating oil, and food will skyrocket, while wages will stagnate. The 40+ million people on food stamps will not be able to feed themselves. Angry, hungry people will require that their political leaders find a solution. But these political leaders haven’t been responsible for decades–what will stop them looking for scape goats, rather than looking in the mirror and blaming their own irresponsibility?
What will be the pretext for annexing Canada? Here are some likely suggestions.
- Expat Haven: Canada harbours American tax cheats and draft dodgers.
- Terrorist Haven: Canada harbours war criminals and Islamic terrorists.
- Unfair Trade: Canada is selling its oil, electricity, natural gas, and lumber at extortionate rates.
- Manifest Destiny: God intends for the United States to stretch from sea to shining sea.
- Operation “Liberate the Lefties”: Canada needs liberation from its oppressive, socialistic government.
- Blame Canada: Canada has caused the economic downturn of the United States.
- Tony Soprano: All Canadians benefit from the military protection of the United States–it is high time they paid their fair share.
In a speech to investors at Casey Research/Sprott Summit, Richard Maybury warns that it will be War that will Kill the Dollar (hat tip Monty Pelerin). He writes that the treaties of the Westphalia (1648) used determined when a nation could go to war (emphasis mine):
The treaties said no nation could attack another unless the other was a clear and present danger. This was a principle of ethics drawn from the old Common Law. My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.
In 2001, I warned that Clinton’s attack on Serbia and Bush senior’s attack on Iraq were precedents replacing this ancient Westphalian principle with a more primitive Roman one. The Roman principle says, the only justification you need to get into a war is the belief that the other side up to no good.
Qadaffi is one of the least important tinpot dictators of modern times. In the vast array of great political leaders, I doubt he has murdered enough people to rate an honorable mention.
You might remember that until this year, US officials were boasting about taming Qadaffi. They said they had forced him to give up his weapons of mass destruction and he was no longer a serious threat.
Yet this year, on the completely unverifiable assumption the new rulers of Libya will be more ethical than Qadaffi, Obama followed the precedent of Clinton and Bush. He jumped into the North African war on the side of the Libyan rebels.
Maybury believes that it has been the political leaders’ lust for power that leads to war, and that these wars will cause the demise of the dollar. But it is also true that the death of dollar could lead to war. The Weimar Republic first debauched the Mark during and in the aftermath of WWI. Then Hitler rose to power and started WWII a few years later. This is the danger we could face. Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria. Will the United States annex Canada, on the mere pretense that we are up to no good? Will we go down without a fight? Or will we fight the Yanks the way we did in 1812?