Imperialism - The Warfare State
"The State is an institution formed to protect people from aggression, but as history has shown time and time again, the State itself, an illegitimate operation of organized aggression, is the world's worst perpetrator of crimes against humanity." - Dubbs Galt
The Myth of National Defense (Repeated for Emphasis)
- To reiterate the point originally made on the America in Crisis page, the enormous military spending and otherwise unjustifiable military occupation in foreign nations relies on an acquiescence of public opinion. The public must trust these imperialistic operations are undertaken to maintain our safety, AND we must assume that there would exist a real danger without the existence of a monopolistic, unchecked protection institution.
- In the Myth of National Defense, Hans-Hermann Hoppe dispels these false assumptions. The book consists of three sections: 1)State-Making and War-Making, 2) Government Forms, War, and Strategy, 3) Private Alternatives to State Defense and Warfare. Here is a link to a free audio lecture by Hoppe summarizing the Myth of National Defense.
- Here is a good review by Lew Rockwell discussing Hoppe's book The Myth of National Defense. A-equals-A.com piggybacks on Rockwell's conclusion in saying, "...rather than email me your outrage at my lack of patriotism, or inform me of my failure to understand the sacrifices that our military men and women have made in the service of freedom, do something more constructive. Get this book and read it to discover why socialism in defense of the nation works no better than socialism in any other area of life."
National Defense Spending
The trend of expansion can be expected to continue from a monopolistic institution of force that unilaterally decides how much protection its customers need. Throughout history, the most effective method for increasing state control at home has been to wage imperialist wars abroad. The cost of protection increases. The quality of protection decreases.
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