October 10, 2011
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This time about the War On Some Drugs.
I know it’s popular in some circles to argue that the State is not like a household, and that it doesn’t really need to cut back expenditures during times of economic stress, but somehow it just seems that a trillion dollars would buy a lot of treatment, if the State is going to insist on spending money. Not to mention the lives saved south of the border as the citizens of Mexico are no longer collateral damage in that war.
October 6, 2011
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The purpose of The State, as best I can tell, regardless of whatever reason it’s originally created (cf: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men… ), over time they become nothing more than controllers of individuals disfavored by those in power, and means for transferring wealth from the have nots to the haves.
Take for example this lovely bit in regard to the Greek State acquiring 400 tanks. Now I am all for self-defense, and am even willing to consider that the State’s obligation to protect individual rights includes some reasonable grounds for purchase of such tools as may be needed to defend those rights – but just who, pray tell, is going to be invading Greece in the near future such that 400 fairly advanced tanks will be necessary to the defense of Athens? The same Greece that is looking at selling off stuff (for all I know the Parthenon’s on the chopping block) to pay its debts? Isn’t this the equivalent of a bankrupt homeowner purchasing a Cosmi autoloading shotgun for home defense when Bi-Mart was having a sale on Beretta 1201FPs.
More likely, though, is that the tanks are not being acquired for defense against any external aggressor. A tank parked in front of the Parliament building has a certain je ne sais quoi about it when it comes to deterring residents who are upset about their need to pay higher taxes and suffer lowered wages and economic conditions in order to bail out a bunch of bankers in Paris and Berlin.
The whole situation brings to mind the ruler who was asked, “Why do you spend millions on weapons, but nothing to relieve the suffering of the poor?” and was answered with, “So when the revolution comes I will be ready.” I’m not sure that 400 tanks will be enough for the revolution that Greece – and other places – may be facing, though.