A History of Violence
Before the beginning of recorded history, man has waged war. From small-scale disorganized raids to map-changing global conflicts, men fight for glory, territory, resources, women, population adjustment, and for just plain old fun.
“I’ve fought many wars in my time. Some I’ve fought for land, some for power, some for glory. I suppose fighting for love makes more sense than all the rest.”
– Priam, King of Troy
But over the years, war has changed in many ways.
Long gone are the glorious days of fighting to the death with honor, in hopes of securing a place in the great hall of Valhalla. Today, a soldier can obliterate an “enemy” he’s never seen with weapons he’s never touched, all with no risk of harm or counter-attack. World War II is suspected of sharply turning the world towards peace. At the close of the costliest conflict in the history of man – 60 million+ lives lost and nearly 100 trillion dollars of economic impact – the Just War Theory made a resurgence in popularity, causing world leaders to think twice before engaging in armed combat. After all, the advent of atomic weapons left many wondering what the next great war could mean for the fate of mankind.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein
With war becoming less personal and more devastating, it’s no surprise that the the last several centuries have witnessed a steady decline in hostile conflicts.
Why We [Still] Fight
Fortunately for the war profiteers, the military industrial complex – together with their media partners – has stepped up to reverse the trend towards peace. Their strategy is simple: if sanctions, embargoes & taunting do not provoke the enemy – whose abundant resources happen to be in high demand – into throwing the proverbial first punch, simply throw the first punch for him and make it look like an attack. Known as a “False Flag” pretext incident, the elite has used this tactic repeatedly over the last century as a surefire way to start or join a war.
Star Spangled Slaughter
But quite often, a False Flag attack is still insufficient to garner public support for a costly war. But for the Master of Puppets, there’s an easy solution: patriotism.
“Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship…the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
– Hermann Göring
Patriotism is the elites’ best weapon against the independent thinker who questions the official pretext for war. Patriotism – misguided reverence for the country with little consideration of the principles it once embodied – quickly inspires cooperation from the collective, pitting neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.
“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”
– Mark Twain
Wave a flag, set off fireworks and brandish plenty of red, white and blue flare; most citizens will do just about anything to serve the Masters.
The Master of Puppets
With centuries of experience, the well-connected multi-national corporations and financial institutions – along with their servants in government – have become experts at manipulating the public to support their wealth-building efforts.
The elite have managed to twist a concept like patriotism – the devotion to defend one’s home and country from tyranny – into a willingness to fund and wage war, possibly to the death, against a people they’ve never met for a cause from which they’re unlikely to benefit.
But who are these cowards hiding behind the curtain, creating false pretext events, manipulating politicians, having the populous rally around the flag? They’re able to get the citizens to reach deep in to their pockets to fund incredible war budgets, ensuring the wholesale delivery of debt & death to civilians far and wide while reaping countless riches for themselves?
The Master of Puppets coin collection seeks to expose the parasitic few that manipulate & enslave mankind through their government puppets.
The False Flag
SilverSlinger’s Master of Puppets series teams up with Silver Bullet Silver Shield to introduce the False Flag coin. At the center of the design is a young, chiseled Uncle Sam, recently returning from a tour abroad. He’s working as a recruiter to complete his time, in search of other young lost souls that are easily dazzled by shock & awe pilot-less drones and other weapons on mass destruction.
He should probably be embarrassed by the instruments of death. He’s witnessed first hand the horrible devastation they’ve brought to countless “enemy”, which all too often turned out to be women and children, mistakenly targeted far from the undefined and featureless battlefield. Regardless, he still can’t seem to stifle his pride in the military might that could also be used one day to defend the country he loves.
In the background of the scene is an unforgettable pair of towers, the image of which is forever emblazoned in our hero’s mind. But the image that haunts his nightmares features a snake, intertwined between the two buildings, forming the sign of the dollar. He didn’t always think of them that way; the vision appeared slowly over time as a result of fellow soldiers’ grumblings about the buildings’ ownership changing hands and billions of dollars in insurance secured merely 7 weeks before they fell.
On one hand, serving his country has given him a sense of pride and purpose not previously known. But what if his call to duty involved more than he was led to believe?
Surely, it’s a moral question that needs to be answered – some other time. After all, he spilled blood on the battlefield bravely for what he believed to be a noble cause – freedom. He fought to protect the lives of his brothers in arms, several of whom never made it back.
He may be a puppet – and he may even admit it – but it wasn’t always like that. There seems to be some program running in his mind that he can’t escape…but for now, there’s a quota to meet.
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