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Ecomonic Consequences of the Peace with the Treaty of Versailles

Ecomonic Consequences of the Peace with the Treaty of Versailles
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Author Name John Maynard Keynes
 
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The Ecomonic Consequences
of the Peace


Including the Full Text of the
Treaty of Versailles

By
John Maynard Keynes

You need not be an adherent or admirer of Keynesian Economics to appreciate the relevancy of this book in the world today. The leaders of the world continue to make the same mistakes of our forefathers in wars, in war losses, and in war victories. The Allied Powers won the Great War.. World War 1, but lost the chance to bring humanity back to an era of peace. By driving the German nation and people into continual bankruptcy, they ignorantly set up Hitler as the coming power for Nazi Germany.

By stripping Germany of its sovereignty, stripping the German people of their dignity, by setting foreign rulers, powers, and businesses up to run rough-shod over the German nation, and eventually driving the whole nation into poverty and starvation, the Allies thus prepared the way and created the environment for a German messiah to come to save the people. And indeed the people flocked to the one man that held out the hope and the promise, Adolph Hitler... and the occupying foreigners that over-ran Germany, (many being Jewish) were the first to feel the wrath and revenge of a starving nation.

Now the USA-UK-Australia has created the same environment in Iraq and Afghanistan, if not the entire Arab-Persian Middle East. They await a messiah to save them from the poverty created by illegal wars and illegal occupation of their nations and peoples. The same situation has been created by the USA's fairy tale free trade nonsense in Latin America, forcing poverty on the people in favor of foreign occupiers - this time economic occupiers called corporations. The same environment is being created by Israel against the Palestinian people, who simply will have no other place to run to, except to the arms of a messiah... The question remains will these new messiahs, serve the world as did Hitler?

Understand post WW1-Germany, then you will understand the reason for Hitler's rise to power and WW2! The Allies created, fertilized, and fomented the rise of the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler due to the Allied leaders stupidity and ignorance of history.

And today we do it all over again....

The writer of this book was temporarily attached to the British Treasury during the war and was their official representative at the Paris Peace Conference up to June 7, 1919; he also sat as deputy for the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Supreme Economic Council. He resigned from these positions when it became evident that hope could no longer be entertained of substantial modification in the draft Terms of Peace. The grounds of his objection to the Treaty, or rather to the whole policy of the Conference towards the economic problems of Europe, will appear in the following chapters. They are entirely of a public character, and are based on facts known to the whole world.

Excerpt from the Introduction

The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. Very few of us realize with conviction the intensely unusual, unstable, complicated, unreliable, temporary nature of the economic organization by which Western Europe has lived for the last half century. We assume some of the most peculiar and temporary of our late advantages as natural, permanent, and to be depended on, and we lay our plans accordingly.

On this sandy and false foundation we scheme for social improvement and dress our political platforms, pursue our animosities and particular ambitions, and feel ourselves with enough margin in hand to foster, not assuage, civil conflict in the European family. Moved by insane delusion and reckless self-regard, the German people overturned the foundations on which we all lived and built. But the spokesmen of the French and British peoples have run the risk of completing the ruin, which Germany began, by a Peace which, if it is carried into effect, must impair yet further, when it might have restored, the delicate, complicated organization, already shaken and broken by war, through which alone the European peoples can employ themselves and live.

In England the outward aspect of life does not yet teach us to feel or realize in the least that an age is over. We are busy picking up the threads of our life where we dropped them, with this difference only, that many of us seem a good deal richer than we were before. Where we spent millions before the war, we have now learnt that we can spend hundreds of millions and apparently not suffer for it. Evidently we did not exploit to the utmost the possibilities of our economic life. We look, therefore, not only to a return to the comforts of 1914, but to an immense broadening and intensification of them. All classes alike thus build their plans, the rich to spend more and save less, the poor to spend more and work less.

But perhaps it is only in England (and America) that it is possible to be so unconscious. In continental Europe the earth heaves and no one but is aware of the rumblings. There it is not just a matter of extravagance or "labor troubles"; but of life and death, of starvation and existence, and of the fearful convulsions of a dying civilization.

For one who spent in Paris the greater part of the six months which succeeded the Armistice an occasional visit to London was a strange experience. England still stands outside Europe. Europe's voiceless tremors do not reach her. Europe is apart and England is not of her flesh and body. But Europe is solid with herself. France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Holland, Russia and Roumania and Poland, throb together, and their structure and civilization are essentially one. They flourished together, they have rocked together in a war, which we, in spite of our enormous contributions and sacrifices (like though in a less degree than America), economically stood outside, and they may fall together. In this lies the destructive significance of the Peace of Paris.

If the European Civil War is to end with France and Italy abusing their momentary victorious power to destroy Germany and Austria-Hungary now prostrate, they invite their own destruction also, being so deeply and inextricably intertwined with their victims by hidden psychic and economic bonds. At any rate an Englishman who took part in the Conference of Paris and was during those months a member of the Supreme Economic Council of the Allied Powers, was bound to become, for him a new experience, a European in his cares and outlook.

There, at the nerve center of the European system, his British preoccupations must largely fall away and he must be haunted by other and more dreadful specters. Paris was a nightmare, and every one there was morbid. A sense of impending catastrophe overhung the frivolous scene; the futility and smallness of man before the great events confronting him; the mingled significance and unreality of the decisions; levity, blindness, insolence, confused cries from without,-all the elements of ancient tragedy were there. Seated indeed amid the theatrical trappings of the French Saloons of State, one could wonder if the extraordinary visages of Wilson and of Clemenceau, with their fixed hue and unchanging characterization, were really faces at all and not the tragi-comic masks of some strange drama or puppet-show.

The proceedings of Paris all had this air of extraordinary importance and unimportance at the same time. The decisions seemed charged with consequences to the future of human society; yet the air whispered that the word was not flesh, that it was futile, insignificant, of no effect, dissociated from events; and one felt most strongly the impression, described by Tolstoy in War and Peace or by Hardy in The Dynasts, of events marching on to their fated conclusion uninfluenced and unaffected by the cerebrations of Statesmen in Council---


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