"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it causes every other. War is the cause of armies; from these are caused debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. War, too, causes the discretionary power of the Executive to be extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments to be multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, to be added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism causes the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
It's destructive rather than productive, and doubly so because of its large opportunity cost. It's inherently inimical to democratic society for the reasons Madison pointed out. The royal executive that "conservatives" worship in wartime is the same one that extends government power through taxes and bureaucracy.Originally Posted by Goobieman
It directly negates it, unless you think fascism is compatible with liberty.Originally Posted by Goobieman