|Weapons of war are irrelevant in a war of ideas. The most powerful assaults against totalitarianism came via jazz, comic books, rock 'n' roll, television and radio, and (eventually) the personal computer.|
Mike Marotta --
BOOK REVIEW: Exporting the First Amendment: The Press-Government Crusade 1945-1952 by Margaret A. Blanchard, Longman Publishers, New York, 1986.
Time and again, Eleanor Roosevelt and her teammates from the United States were overpowered by compromisers who viewed "freedom of the press" as a necessary evil. To most of the delegates to the press conventions in Geneva and New York, RESTRICTING the press by adopting "principles of responsibility" was more important.
Freedom of the press was for everyone EXCEPT... Except for issues of national security (all nations agreed with that). Except for when the press in one place insults the politicians in another place (Egypt's King Farouk enjoyed the Riveria and Monte Carlo). Except when materials are injurious to youth (Scandanavia and France feared American comic books and the communists hated the daily comics because in the background was all this luxury). Except when opinions are injurious to the reputation of natural and legal individuals (a "legal individual" is a corporation). And indeed, while Eleanor Roosevelt was insisting that the press should be free, the United States was chasing "communist" writers at home and abroad.
Computer Underground Digest Volume 3 Issue # 3.05 (February 9, 1991) [*]
Capitalism is efficacious. The more capitalist a nation or society or culture is, the more prosperous and stable it will be. The farther a society drifts (or runs) from full laissez faire, the less well off the people will be as individuals, of course, and therefore as a population. Herrmann Goering coined the word "Pluenderekonomie" and it means just what it looks and sounds like: plunder-economy. It could not last. Neither, of course, could Soviet Russia.
By allowing armed hostilities and declarations of war, the United States actually helped to solidify the totalitarian regimes by being the common enemy of all internal factions and providing an excuse for further mobilizations and other controls. Had the USA dodged, ducked, bobbed and weaved, they could have worn down the socialists -- assuming that American's "free enterprise" was strong enough and had not been reduced to tatters by the New Deal which needed the war for the same reasons as those worserests of so many evils. I believe that even despite the New Deal, the USA was economically freer and therefore stronger than the totalitarian states. The USA could have persevered, even "surrounded" because it would have been surrounded by hopeless muscle mystics whose "scientific" programs included the creation of gasoline by passing water over coal. Even the highly touted V-rockets were competing against foodstores as their alcohol fuel came from potatos. The German nuclear weapons program was impossible without the brainpower they had expelled the decade before and such as it was there were three competing efforts and it is not even clear that the only mind capable -- Heisenberg -- was actively engaged in the project.
As for the German occupation, it, too was mired. Denmark held fast, refusing to concede. Danes looked to their king as an example of non-compliance. They refused to work in German or Norwegian factories and they smuggled Jews out to Sweden.
The normally adroit Bob Bidinotto knows full well that Finland was not really liberated by the "Allies", but was thrown to the wolves, ultimately unable to withstand Russia -- which was being aided by the USA and UK -- a direct consequence of the realpolitik of aiding the (however measured) "lesser" of two (admitted) evils. The USSR was able to colonize eastern Europe and support communist political actions in western Europe because it survived the war with the help of the USA. The communists then maintained that they alone had resisted the fascists all along. Had the USA and UK not given the USSR the moral sanction of alliance, the USSR would have been what it was: an ally of German, betrayed -- a jilted lover. A rational "foreign policy" (so-called) of destabilization would have centered on the spread of liberal ideas. Both the communists and the fascists hated the bourgeoisie. Therefore, a heavy dose of "bourgeois virtue" would have paid dividends.
No one here accused the USA of being "evil." What I and others caution against is range of the moment militarist pragmatism in lieu of a principled application of foreign policy inaction.
[*] See also,Marotta, Michael E., "Computers and the Totalitarian State," Prometheus, Libertarian Futurist Society, Vol. 3, No. 4, Fall 1985 (Originally published 1985 by Loompanics Greatest Book Catalog in the World, 1985.)
 (actually: metastable or dynamically stable, not "stable" in the sense of "unchanging").
 http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/ and also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_X_of_Denmark
 "Everywhere, where the order is to hold, it is the duty of conscience of each fighter, even if he depends on himself alone, to fight at his assigned position. The riflemen, if overtaken or surrounded, fight in their position until no more ammunition exists. The cold steel is next.... The machine-gunners, the cannoneers of heavy weapons, the artillerymen, if in the bunker or on the field, do not abandon or destroy their weapons, or allow the enemy to seize them. Then the crews fight further like riflemen. As long as a man has another cartridge or hand weapon to use, he does not yield. " -- General Henri Guisan (1874-1960), order to Swiss troops, 1940 -- http://www.swissworld.org
The Swiss government had a decentralised structure, so even the Federal President was a relatively powerless official with no authority to surrender the country. Indeed, Swiss citizens had been instructed to regard any surrender broadcast as enemy lies and resist to the end. ... The main strategy, however, was deterrence rather than fighting. Even though tiny Switzerland had an army of only 430,000 men, Germany never risked invasion. -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Guisan
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 11/11, 5:53pm)