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America’s Will to War: The Turning Point

April 25, 2011 by

The major cause of the transformation from freedom to servitude has been America’s involvement in war and preparation for war. FULL ARTICLE by Ralph Raico

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Ned Netterville April 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I do not know whether wars or taxes are the greater immorality, but I do know that they go hand in hand like the sun and daylight. Quite obviously, without taxes wars cannot be waged. But what of the converse? Can a nation engage in taxation without going to war? I doubt it. Taxation supplies the wherewithal to engage in wars and may even make wars inevitable. Why? Because taxation is immoral. Not only is it obviously legalized extortion, but even worse, its collection requires the introduction and initiation of force in otherwise peaceful human relations. With the very existence of their nations predicated upon the use of force and violence against their own citizens to collect the taxes that pay for all of their emoluments,, those who manage the affairs of State will hardly think twice about using force and violence against foreigners by engaging in war. Tax collecting makes for war mongering.

Sione April 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Well said.

Sione

newson April 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

rumsfeld and myers declared war on americans, amongst others, almost ten years ago.

Patrick Barron April 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Excellent, really excellent! This essay should be required reading for everyone thinking of entering government. My interest is in the relationship between fiat money and war. Perhaps abandoning gold is just one more manifestation of the abandonment of the American ideal, but it seems to me that abandoning gold made going to war much easier and made wars much more bloodthirsty. I would love to read Professor Raico’s opinion on this matter…perhaps it is already published somewhere.

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