Wars of Conquest Are No Longer Allowed

Wars of Conquest Are No Longer Allowed. By Steve Sailer.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has tended to outrage white countries like Poland and white-adjacent countries like Japan, while cheering anti-white countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Angola, China, and Burma.

Wars of territorial conquest were once the chief occupation of kings. But around the turn of the 20th Century, smart guys started to think that war didn’t pay anymore. …

In 1910, Norman Angell published The Great Illusion, which argued that conquest no longer paid. For instance, “the incentive [of the local conquered population] to produce would be sapped and the conquered area be rendered worthless. Thus, the conquering power had to leave property in the hands of the local population while incurring the costs of conquest and occupation.” …

I call it the Dirt Theory of War. In the past, the payoff for war consisted of farmland and mines. But later, the economy shifted toward buildings and the the enthusiastic cooperation of the people who worked in buildings. Blowing up the buildings is unlikely to inspire the survivors to cooperate intelligently and ardently. …

[So] even the losers of WWII such as Germany and Japan got to keep the majority of their territory.

Argentina’s 1982 invasion of sub-Arctic Falklands (an exceptionally stupid exemplification of Angell’s law that conquest no longer pays) and Iraq’s invasion of oil-rich Kuwait (a pretty reasonable exception to Angell’s law: conquest of an oil-rich country that hasn’t bothered to make allies might pay off) showed that conservative Anglo-American regimes might object.

A country’s main resource is its people. Japan, with few natural resources, is an outstanding case. To conquer people, you need to control their minds — with narrative control, social control, ESG, woke, a new world order, and so on.

You’d think Russia would have learned from conquering then occupying eastern Europe from 1945 to 1990. As the Poles and others joked: if our Russian masters ask us to do something useful, we go slow. If they ask us to do something stupid, we are most enthusiastic.