Taxation violates the Zero Aggression Principle. This means that every form of governance must be voluntarily funded, including national defense.
But people wonder – perhaps even you – how much defense spending is required, and can voluntary funding really meet the need?
The best answer is actually simple. The amount of defense spending should be defined by what citizens want to fund, NOT by what politicians want to impose. That’s how markets always work.
But how much spending should citizens want to fund? This question requires historical analysis. How much has been spent in the past, and what kind of results did it get? If we find that most military spending has made us less safe and less free, then the case for needing huge sums becomes much weaker.
I have updated nine articles that attempt to answer the following questions…
- Have U.S. wars made Americans safer?
- Have U.S. wars defended freedom?
- Have U.S. wars made the world a better place?
Here’s a list of those articles…
- Were early U.S. wars good or bad?
- Did Teddy Roosevelt co-found the Empire of Japan?
- Did U.S. politicians support the more evil side in World War One?
- Did U.S. politicians help create the Soviet Union?
- Was Adolf Hitler Woodrow Wilson’s love child?
- Did U.S. politicians foster the rise of radical Islam?
- Was World War Two a good war?
- What if World War Two had been voluntarily funded?
- The Cuban Missile Crisis was a fraud
We also have other resources related to this issue…
- Jim Babka and I created a website called Truth About War in early-2003. This site opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq during the two months before the first shots were fired. The content we created was so provocative it prompted death threats. But we made many predictions that ultimately proved correct.
- Can a practitioner of the Zero Aggression Principle advocate regime change? Jim Babka wrote an excellent manifesto for peaceful and potent regime change: Why Non-interventionism is not sufficient.
I also wrote three other related articles…
- Does the common definition of isolationism make sense?
- Do libertarians contradict themselves by opposing foreign intervention?
- Are you blaming America when you criticize American politicians?
Finally, should we change the language we use on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day? This meditation by Jim Babka will make you think – The Brookpark Marines, the truth about war, and a message of life.
Jim and I both hope you find these resources of value.
ZAP The State and have a nice day,
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