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Monday, February 25, 2008

The Vicious Cycle


[The U. S.] is totally impregnable to invasion and occupation. Therefore the only way the American military can obtain large and growing tax revenues is through: maintaining some 700 military bases round the world; fighting foreign wars; invading and occupying small, poor countries. They have done this for some 60 years now. American taxpayers have handed over trillions of dollars in taxes so "their" military can embark upon all sorts of military adventures overseas.

And why must this military maintain and enlarge those 700 bases, and build more? Fight, invade, occupy small, poor territories? – How else to obtain trillions of dollars in tax revenues? Thus the whole process feeds on itself – it can continue indefinitely – there is no built-in check of any sort…. And so McCain can confidently promise more wars, more suffering for an indefinite time to come…

--from "The US Military: An Uncontrollable Juggernaut?" by Sudha R. Shenoy at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/shenoy4.html.

We now know (or ought to know) that much (if not most) terrorism is blowback and blowback is one of the costs of empire and a foreign policy of interventionism. If we want to win the Global War On Terror, we ought to strike at the root cause of terrorism by bringing the American Empire to an end and by ending our foreign policy of interventionism. One sure way to end the empire is to cut off the funding for it--permanently. And one sure way to cut off the funding permanently is to get rid of the income tax.

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."--Henry David Thoreau

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