One of the things that makes George Orwell such a frustrating read is that he’s the kind of comically naive Socialist that only the high-Victorian* English public school system could’ve produced. He really did seem to think that his fellow countrymen would go back to living in a poor, unimportant, squalid little island on the edge of Europe, if only they knew how bad their lifestyle made things for the poor of Peshawar.
He was wrong about that, but he was right about the second pillar of the educated-twit Socialist worldview: That industrial technique had advanced to the point that, by 1920 or so, everyone everywhere really could have all the basics provided for him. The problem with Socialism isn’t that it can’t produce the goods — even so crack-brained a regime as Lenin’s managed to get the rations delivered more often than not, most everywhere. It’s that man does not live by bread alone. There is simply more to human happiness than food, shoes, and indoor plumbing.
That’s why all collectivist states are mouth-frothingly militaristic. Jingoism is a feature, not a bug, of both communism and fascism, because both must replace any of life’s other possible purposes with worship of the State. Kim’s North Korea is a perfect example. Fat Boy could decommission 90% of his army tomorrow, and nobody outside North Korea would care. The South isn’t going to invade — there’s no SJW like an Asian SJW (if you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting one, thank your lucky stars**), and if Kim did decide to invade the South, pretty much every college-educated kid in Seoul would welcome him with open arms. The Chinese are the regime’s main props; they certainly wouldn’t care if the Norks demilitarized. The American Left would care, but only because Trump would brag about it on Twitter, which means that a rogue state tossing its nukes into the sea must be bad bad bad, but that’s beside the point. But if Kim sent the army home, he and his cronies wouldn’t last a day — the militarization of every aspect of Nork life is the only thing propping them up.
An HBD-aware state would have to do something similar. We’d need an external enemy on which to focus our national will. (Turns out Orwell was right about that, too — Oceania will never beat Eastasia, because it can’t beat Eastasia. If it did, the entire system would collapse). I’ve suggested a revamped mission civilisatrice, but since that seems to get people worked up, let’s say it’s China doing it. They’re out there taking up the Yellow Man’s Burden in Africa even as we speak. Will it work for them? I dunno, but I know this — if they were smart, they’d start relaxing their persecution of journalists… abroad. The way to keep martyr types and other such gossipy pests from ruining your society is to turn them loose on somebody else’s. Let them run around the colonies, reporting abuses. It’ll keep everyone much, much happier…