• I must say I agree, in that the national mobilization during WWII for militarization was quite massive, and far beyond what we have now. On the other hand, the post-9/11 propaganda fear machine over terrorism has been something of the same sort, and the vast sums plowed into “homeland security” and evisceration of civil liberties is frightening.

    But for those who want to get how a whole society goes on a war footing, though not a U.S. example, check out the excellent British series, Foyle’s War.