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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Path To Peace, Part II

In a previous post, "The Path To Peace" (http://livefreeormove.blogspot.com/2006/02/path-to-peace.html), I pointed out that government extracts the money it needs to wage war in three ways: "It taxes, it borrows, and it prints." I also stated that, if we truly are for peace and not for war, we will work to end the income tax, end the ability of government to borrow, and end the ability of government to print money.

As I was proofing that post, it seemed to me that I was missing something, namely, a fourth way that government extracts resources for war. After I published that post, it came to me. The fourth way that government extracts the resources it needs to wage war is by forcing soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines to accept below-market pay. Government does this in three ways. First, although the U. S. does not currently have a draft, the draft could be reinstated at any time. Under a draft, people are forced to serve. Since they are forced to serve, government can pay them a lot less than it would have to pay to entice them to enlist voluntarily. Second, government lies. Government entices people to enlist to "serve their country"--i.e., to defend their country, their family, and their community from foreign attackers. After they enlist, they learn the truth: instead of being asked by government to defend their country from foreign attackers, they are forced by government to fight wars of aggression. Third, government can and will require some to serve much longer than the length of time they thought they were signing up for.

In sum, government extracts the resources it needs to wage war in four ways: it taxes, it prints, it borrows, and it steals--it forces individuals to provide services under terms that the individuals in question do not agree to freely. If we truly are for peace and not for war, we will work to end the income tax, end the ability of government to print money, end the ability of government to borrow, and end the ability of government to force individuals into servitude of any kind.

2 Comments:

Blogger Columbine said...

Consider also the way government coerces students in low income brackets to believe that the army may be the only way for them to get funding to pay for a college education. Ads argue that the students can do two "good things" at once -- defend their country and get their education. In fact, most of these ads (the ones I have received since enrolling in a community college, at least) hardly even talk about the "defending their country" part. They imply that you just have to sign a piece of paper to get a free college education.

11/2/06 06:31  
Blogger Tad Pole said...

Columbine,

Excellent point! Young people who believe they are going to get a free education by signing up need to remember TANSTAAFL!!!


* There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

13/2/06 11:29  

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