Times of War

Posted: November 11th, 2004 by Militant Libertarian

Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be

dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

“War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and

armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many

under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the

executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and

emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added

to those of subduing the force, of the people. … No nation can preserve

its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

“War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. In war, a

physical force is to be created; and it is the executive will which is to

direct it. In war, the public treasuries are to be unlocked; and it is the

executive hand which is to dispense them. In war, the honors and emoluments

of office are to be multiplied; and it is the executive patronage under

which they are to be enjoyed; and it is the executive brow they are to

encircle. The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human

breast, ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are

all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.”

–James Madison

We have been in a perpetual state of war since the Cold War began: The Cold

War, the War on Drugs, and now the War on Terrorism.


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