It’s really sad to point this out, but if you’re an American, try to think of time in your life when the U.S. government was not militarily involved somewhere.
I know that in my life, I can’t think of a time.
If you believe you have a year, check it against this History of U.S. Military Interventions since 1890. But get ready to use the scroll on your mouse. It’s not a short list.
Now, after looking at that horrendous list, some questions must be asked:
Who gains from constant war?
And where does your life, freedom, and property fit in?
Seasoned libertarians have undoubtedly read or heard of the following quote from Randolph Bourne: “War is the health of the State”.
But what if you’re new to the liberty movement, and that statement is just too broad for you? You need more details….some specifics.
Well, the following should hit the spot. It was written by a man named Bernard Baruch on Aug. 7th, 1918, during World War I (also known as ”the war to ends all wars”).
Baruch was Chairman of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s War Industries Board. He spells out exactly where you fit in. He wrote:
“Every man’s life is at the call of the nation and so must be every man’s property. We are living today in a highly organized state of socialism. The state is all; the individual is of importance only as he contributes to the welfare of the state. His property is his only as the state does not need it. He must hold his life and possessions at the call of the state.”
“Enforced and involuntary service for a private master is and has been clearly and repeatedly defined by our Supreme Court as slavery. A soldier serves the nation directly. There is but one master in the case and that master is America. He serves to profit no one but the country as a whole.”
Is it any wonder why a small group of men would want keep war alive?
That huge list of military interventions doesn’t just fall out of the sky. That takes effort.
But look at the prize…Everything is at their disposal.
And with each passing year, it really keeps creeping toward literally everything. We all see the headlines….warrantless spying, warrantless searches, warrantless…….
The next time you’re at the airport, waiting in line for a shot of government radiation or to have your genitals grabbed by a government employee, think back to the above Baruch quote.
Then ponder the thought that just maybe, the target of endless war is your freedom.