How Wars Have Destroyed Democracy

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“Every war in which the United States has engaged since 1815 was waged in the name of democracy. Each has contributed to that centralization of power which tends to destroy that local self-government which is what most Americans have in mind when they acclaim democracy.”

— Felix Morley, Freedom and Federalism (1959), p. 121.

“There is one modern political writer who saw very clearly that military centralization is helpful in undermining a federal republic. His name was Adolf Hitler. Chapter 10 of Volume II of Mein Kampf, which is devoted to an indictment of German Federalism as an obstacle to the triumph of national socialism, is well worthy of current attention by those who do not realize that a concentration of power can be used for evil as well as for good — and is perhaps much more likely to be used for evil than for good.”

— Felix Morley, Freedom and Federalism (1959), p. 142.

To learn more about freedom, federalism, states’ rights, and their relation to the growth of government, consider taking my four-week online Mises Academy course on “Freedom and Federalism: The Libertarian States’ Rights Tradition.” The first class is this Thursday at 7:30 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Still plenty of time to sign up.

7:53 am on January 31, 2012