The Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
The economist Duncan Black reminds us to remember the dead from the First World War, and to remember all the rulers, military nobles, profiteers, politicians, and nationalist fanatics who blew up the world for no good reason. Today the United States looks more like the very stratified oligarchic Europe of 1914 than the USA of 1914. Perhaps we Yanks should remember The War To End All Wars that we've long forgotten and consigned to to barely understood and crumbling war memorials.
Because we are a nation of war we have a huge number of vets. Though I am not for jumping into every conflict, as we are wont these days, I celebrate those who give so freely in our country.
I have a brother who served and is retired and I honor him for his dedication and service.
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