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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/16307/public-service-is-an-ignoble-calling/

Public Service Is an Ignoble Calling

April 1, 2011 by

It’s difficult to say “Bush School of Government and Public Service” aloud without gagging. FULL ARTICLE by Robert Higgs


victor April 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

Ah yes the youth… Semper Paratus… to die for some noble deeds in the steed of an American Ceasar. Thankfully, many grow-up and realize who are the Fortunate Sons.

Docstout April 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

Any picture posted by a friend today, (April 1) is suspect, and I’d get independent verification that the image is not part of an April Fool’s Prank before writing about it.

BioTube April 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

If you’d read the bit before the article actually begins, you’d see it was written back in January.

Inquisitor April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Their motto reminds me of the UK Home Office’s poster from last year “Thieves work office hours too.”

JT April 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The title of this article intrigued me. I had high hopes, but the author failed to develop any substantive argument except that all wars are bad.

Additionally, the whole reasoning for the Gulf War is quite off base. Iraq had made claims that Kuwait was a renegade province as far back as the 1960s. Kuwait also helped finance Iraq’s decade long war against Iran and refused to forgive the debt ($14 billion). Iraq also claimed that Kuwait engaged in economic warfare by overproducing oil to drive the price down. Only a Saddam loving footstool would believe the slant drilling story.

Sione April 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm


And only a wet botty-wipe would interfere in other people’s business. Iraq and Iran and Kuwait and all those outfits are not part of the USA. Hell, they’re not even part of the county you live in. Best not to interfere. Stay out of it.


ryan April 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm

In a globalized world what happens in economically important states is our concern. What happens there affects us here. In order for any system–political or economic–to succeed there must be stability. Our armed forces have acted as that stabilizing force in nations deemed to be crucial to the world’s economy and thus of upmost importance to our national security.

JT April 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The governments of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait invited the US military there to defend them from Iraq.

AZ Economist April 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

“Economic warfare by overproducing oil,” is such a ridulous statement. Warfare can not be justified by a non-violent act such as production.

JT April 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

You’re assuming that Saddam Hussein a) needed a justifiable reason to do anything and b) used logic in economic analysis.

Sione April 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm


You’re assuming that you know what Saddam was thinking (you mind reader you!) and that the conflict between his gang and the gang that runs Kuwait requires foreign intervention from your US empire.


nate-m April 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

It’s a bit worse. At least a going to a brothel and paying for a screw is voluntary.

Willink April 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I was struck by the same thing as JT when reading the article, I tried to focus on the breadth of the argument but the horrible section on Kuwait distracted me. The Kuwaiti-Iraqi relationship has been a precarious one for decades, it wasn’t simply a case of those insidious billionaire statist ruling Kuwait depriving the Iraqi’s of their rightly-deserved oil, as the setup here seems to imply.

Even beyond that approach the United States (as mistaken as it is in foreign policy) had interests beyond simply oil in Kuwait in terms of power projection and the like which Iraq threw a wrench in.

Walt D. April 2, 2011 at 12:57 am

“Bush School of Government and Public Service”
Is this a brothel in Nevada?

Sione April 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Walt D

Yup! Sure is, but it’s a nation wide franchise. Lots of people are getting screwed there.


Lee Adams April 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

As a former student of that once fine University. I must disagree with the “more or less ” statement. However, it has gone down hill since the early 90′s or ever since Bush eyed Texas A&M University. I do not agree with all of your comments although I have to agree that we are not I see no benefit in being the worlds policeman. I am not sure if I agree that imperialism is always wrong but half-ass imperialism is always a disaster.

H.W. Bush has destroyed what was left of the Southern Libertarian culture that Texas A&M University had and replaced it with his kinder and gentler form of bondage. In the true form of the first republican president (Linclon) who murdered about 1 million Americans to collect taxes and centralize power at the federal level.

The University is run by and is full of socialist (many of whom don’t know it) and the good people that still remain are brow beat to conform. LBJ ruined the University of Texas and Bush ruined Texas A&M University. I did get a fine engineering education there and it is absolutely is one of the best in the nation. I know many fine military officers from Texas A&M that have not seen any use in nation building nor the loss of their people to bring us this “New World Order” that Bush and his the presidents after him have pursued.

FN Cee April 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

“A & M” is a long way from the top of a very long list of colleges and universities who are “contributors to heinous national and international crimes and financial mayhem” … a list on which Harvard holds the auspicious number-one ranking.

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