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  •  Alexis de Tocqueville warned.... (4+ / 0-)

    that in a democracy there might be the temptation to have too many wars and to prolong wars because it's a way for ordinary folks to gain recognition, get promotions, make money, gain glory, etc.

    And nowadays it makes me sad how many young people I know who joined the military for the potential educational benefits.

    In Ye Olden Days only aristocrats could afford the horses, the weapons, the training, etc. to be illustrious warriors.

    And for a very long time in America the idea of having a standing Army was akin to tyranny. See Jill Lepore's article:

    http://www.newyorker.com/...

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