Re: HUMOR: Privatize the US military!

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 14:58:42 -0800 (PST)


In a post Anitra forwarded us, Wes Browning wrote with incisive humor:
>> ....I propose that the US military, which really amounts to
>> *socialized* defense, be totally privatized....

In ancient Greece and Rome, the richest families footed the bills for
imperial wars.  This made sense, in that the richest families stood to
benefit most by plundering new territories.  The poor, many of whom were
the empires' foot-soldiers, suffered in both victory and defeat.

Perhaps corporations only (and not individuals) should pay war taxes in the
USA, since our military protects their access to cheap labor and resources
worldwide?

In the modern USA, there is a trend to privatize police, such as the
security forces in downtown business districts - who find ways to "move on"
homeless people, often with the help of "street outreach" workers.

If conservatives are fed up with governemnt spending, then why is do so
many of them support expanding the defense budget, despite the end of the
cold war?  And if the Pentagon budget grows, won't domestic program funds
shrink?

So perhaps the military could form Bombs Not Food chapters, and collect
change in coffee cans.

Perhaps corporations only (and not individuals) should pay war taxes in the
USA, since our military protects their access to cheap labor and resources
worldwide?

Could "we the people" vote directly on the military budget and whether to
go to war?  Or are the strategic interests too complex for mere citizens to
be competent decide?

Or better yet, how about a world without war and want?  Am I asking more
than "reality" would ever grant us?

Still seeking peaceful means to homeless peoples' aims. -- Tom

"When war horses are bred outside the city,
the graneries are bare." -- Lao Tzu, circa 600 BC




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