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  •  that's the main reason governments exist (5+ / 0-)
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    UtopianPablo, SuWho, upstate NY, Seamus D, melo
    Then you keep extracting stuff from taxpayers in order to order more guns.
    Warfare is arguably the reason government and perhaps even social hierarchies in general first emerged: i.e. the biggest caveman got to call the shots because he was most able to hurt both you and your tribe's enemies.  The medieval aristocracy emerged from Late Roman military men who were given ownership of land in return for defending it and passing the land and the obligation to defend it to their descendants in the hope of securing the empire against its collapse.  Between fear and pride, people will put up with a much bigger, more powerful, and more expensive military machine than you might think.
    It only makes sense if you believe the world is going to hell.
     This is pretty much the foundation of all military thought.

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