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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/11389/does-the-state-protect-us/

Does the State Protect Us?

January 6, 2010 by

When the enemy is at the gates, the individual abdicates his self-reliance and places himself unreservedly under the direction of the captain; he gives up his freedom in order to attain freedom. Or so he thinks. FULL ARTICLE by Frank Chodorov


Curt Howland January 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

I would have thought that the record of death, destruction and mayhem perpetrated upon people by “their own” governments over the centuries would have been tale enough.

Mere private crime pales to insignificance in comparison.

Guard January 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

True Curt. Governments have murdered more of their own citizens in the past century than those killed in all wars combined. And it is governments that start wars. No imaginable amount of “private” murdering could even come close to this.

Bud Wood January 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Seems that we are observing this costly “protection” in the current “War on Terror”. The purchasing power of the US dollar is crumbling as we, collectively, are debited for about $250 per day for each soldier whom we have in, for example, Afghanistan.
One might even be tempted to question various past wars in terms of benefitting or abusing the populous. Was even the “good war” (WWII) of benefit? Most any objective viewer would conclude that citizens of most WWII combatants were abused both economically and physically.
It seems that living in a warfare-welfare state is harmful to one’s health from both an economic and a physical standpoint. Probably the damage is psychological and philosophical, as well.

billwald January 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

How can it be otherwise?

The problem is that it has been official government police for Americans to be afraid of something – anything – everything – since the end of WW2. Where’s FDR when we really need him?

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