My Brilliant Plan For Destroying Totalitarian Regimes

Have you ever been bothered by a pesky totalitarian regime in the Middle-East or Africa? Regime change is often a complicated and costly business- especially with the very high costs of armed intervention.

I have a better option-

Drop packs of 10,000 USD (one hundred * 100 dollar bills) over the populated areas of those countries such that most households get at least one pack.

Let me illustrate my point with concrete examples.

Afghanistan has a population of about 30 million. Even if we gave 10k dollars to every Afghan man, woman and child the total cost would be about (3 * 10^7) * (1* 10^4)= 3* 10^11 or 300 billion dollars. Do you think that the war in Afghanistan has cost the USA less than that 300 billion (direct costs have exceeded 450 billion USD)? What has been achieved? Is it stable?

If we had given every Afghan adult 10k USD per year, almost every objective of the war (peace, increase in business activity, people becoming less religious) could have been achieved for a fraction of the cost of armed intervention- and with far more lasting results.

Now consider Iraq- its population is about 32 million. Use the same scheme and one can see that it would have been much cheaper and less messier to pay off every Iraqi adult or give them some guaranteed income scheme (10k /year) than wage war against them (direct costs exceed 800 billion USD).

The best part is that paying them in such a manner would have ensured that Iraqis and Afghans would have greeted Americans as liberators.

What does this say about the real reason for both wars? What does it say about the mindset of western “elites”? What does it say about the numeracy of the average american?

Think about it!


  1. June 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hiya AD,

    Why would the US do that????

    Haliburton/Blackwater XE and the oil companies would not make a staggering profit.

    You do know that the Us is a puppet for those corporations don’t chya?

  2. Webe
    June 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Absolutley. I always thought during the Nicaragua intervention (Nicaragua would be a lot less hard of a nut to crack), how much easier/cheaper would it not be to give a scholarship to every youngster with any promise, get them hooked to refrigerators, Coca Cola, and American consumer goodies, and ship them back. One would subsequently watch all the austere socialist ideals crumble under the corruption of consumer habits. And corrupting the better half of the youth with American virtues is really enough yeast to leaven the dough. Just look at Quebec. Has the population ever gone so far as to risk say $1000 a year less income to realize their nationalist fervor? People in modern western countries are not willing to wage wars for ideals if it costs more than a token amount. Just look at Europe, and how profoundly the Americans influenced the culture here post WWII with cigarettes, coca cola, and a little Marshal aid.

  3. June 6, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Man, that’s a deja-vu that I never thought about. It’s a deja-vu because I know from history that some conquerors used to do that: buy the conquered peoples with money.

    “What does it say about the mindset of western “elites”?”
    Compared to old day conquerors, modern day “liberators” are self-absorbed feminized idiots.

    • June 6, 2011 at 5:59 am

      Those elites remind me of the friend of Longshanks’s son in Braveheart. When Longshanks says: “Who is this person who speaks to me as though I needed his advice?”, the prince introduces his friend to Longshanks by saying that he has studied strategy and tactics. Longshanks throws him out of the window.

  4. June 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    The general concept of giving all residents direct payments may make some sense. Literal helicopter drops does not, unless what you want to do is to instigate (yet more) gang warfare the countryside over, as virtually everyone has their cash-wad extorted or stolen by (ultimately) the strongest local warlord.

    Unless your proposal is meant to be more a method to identify the strongest-local-warlord by more or less empirical means?

  5. w
    June 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    now what’s your plan to destroying the totalitarian regime in north america?

    Remember my idea of a Minimum Consumption Entitlement?

  1. June 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

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