Red Army example shows, the practice of collective rape can
even become a form of bonding process.
military, that greatest conservative institution in the U.S. and
the embodiment of strength and honor, protects the American people
from aggression. The foolish and cowardly naysayers do not comprehend
how many foreign tyrants are looking to plunder our nation's silverware,
force Microsoft to publish the Windows source code, and convert
us to Islam at gunpoint. Our soldiers spread American virtues all
over the globe, protecting the weak, establishing order, and securing
important resources for the American consumer. God bless our guys,
and may the sacrifices they make for all of us every single day
be always remembered.
is our carefully cultivated myth about the military. This is what
the guardians of what is perfectly normal, thank you very much,
teach children in civics classes, and this is also the belief of
many adults. Now I was blessed with attending school in the former
Soviet Union where the propaganda was too clumsy and heavy-handed
to be taken seriously. That was also the time of the collapse of
the Soviet Empire, which means that nobody really cared. Fortunately
for all concerned, the American Leviathan is healthy and pleasantly
alert. This is why the citizen-subjects of this great country overlook
the obvious fact that the modern military is a Communist establishment,
and the ideology which sustains it a relapse into primitive barbarism
which took place after a period of relative civilization. Genghis
Khan burned entire towns and piled thousands of skulls into enormous
pyramids. Only a few decades ago million-man armies slaughtered
each other in world wars with efficiency which would have astounded
poor old Genghis. Thriving cities were razed to the ground and their
inhabitants annihilated. No one could escape, for if a citizen was
not a soldier, he was considered to be a tool of state working for
the war effort. As Ludwig von Mises wrote
poignantly in 1919,
If in ancient times the destructive will of the more powerful
met its limits in the inadequacy of the means of destruction and
in the possibility available to the conquered of escaping persecution
by moving away, then progress in the techniques of war and transportation
and communication makes it impossible today for the defeated to
evade the execution of the victor's sentence of annihilation.
has become more fearful and destructive than ever before because
it is now waged with all the means of the highly developed technique
that the free economy has created. Bourgeois civilization has
built railroads and electric power plants, has invented explosives
and airplanes, in order to create wealth. Imperialism has placed
the tools of peace in the service of destruction. With modern
means it would be easy to wipe out humanity at one blow. In horrible
madness Caligula wished that the entire Roman people had one head
so that he could strike it off. The civilization of the twentieth
century has made it possible for the raving madness of the modern
imperialists to realize similar bloody dreams. By pressing a button
one can expose thousands to destruction. It was the fate of civilization
that it was unable to keep the external means that it had created
out of the hands of those who had remained estranged from its
of Christianity cooled the spirit of aggression and destruction
in man. Classical liberalism, an ideology which ignited human imagination
in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries further undermined the
warlike instinct by firmly linking peace and prosperity and proving
beyond all doubt the "futility of victory". The French Revolution
and later the totalitarian states of the 20th century undid all
that. Human life no longer mattered. Neither did liberty.
the influence of Christianity has been tremendously weakened is
apparent. (Some have suggested
that many Christians have given up because they are waiting to be
lifted into Heaven while they are still alive.) God is still dead
(or should I say "stunned"), and there are few signs of a serious
religious revival. Intellectuals publish books with titles such
Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. That mass-men
are content to live under any system of social organization has
been clear for a long time. Yet even among the natural elite very
few know or care about classical liberalism. The situation is desperate,
which is why it is worth dispelling some of our common illusions.
no mistake: when a person joins the army, he for all intents and
purposes defects to the former Soviet Union and asserts a preference
for life under total state. Consider:
- His life
will be strictly regimented by his superiors to an extent which
would have horrified a Soviet miner.
the time of his incarceration he will be completely useless
to his fellow man. Instead of starting a business or learning
a trade, he will be learning how to destroy in the blink of
an eye what others have spent years and even centuries building.
- As a result
of the brainwashing he will receive in the army he will run
a serious risk of losing his ability to think critically. In
addition, I fail to see how a man who has killed in an unjust
war and has not repented can be a moral man or a believer in
- He will
be turned into a weapon to be used according to the whims of
the General Secretary of the Republican-Democrat party in Washington,
D.C. He will be used to kill innocents, disrupt free trade,
prop up tyrants at home and abroad, and foment hatred for private
- He will
be used as a guinea pig in government experiments, and, if he
goes to war, he will likely be exposed to chemicals, radiation,
and suchlike without his knowledge or consent, all of which
will cause him to die well before his time.
I do not want to be unfair and overlook the benefits of military
service. In general, a young man should consider joining the army
- He likes
to kill people and destroy private and public property.
- He thinks
that he will enjoy recreations such as driving a tank or shooting
- He believes
that the military will give him ample opportunity to rape local
women and use the services of prostitutes, e.g. while on shore
- He wishes
to acquire certain rare skills, e.g. the skill of demolition
or piloting airplanes or even hostage negotiation.
- He lives
in a society where the dominant type of relationship is the
hegemonic bond, for instance, a barbarian tribe or a military
state geared for conquest, such that the most expeditious
path to advancement is through a career in the military.
have to admit that the historically greatest benefit of being a
soldier the ability to loot sacked cities is offered less
frequently these days. But for true professionals there are many
opportunities to do well financially.
was a reason why the Founders abhorred standing armies. It is very
dangerous to have a well-armed, extremely expensive, mindlessly
obedient, and uncivilized group of Communists among a free people.
When the conservatives were yelling at Bill Clinton for "gutting
the military," one wondered exactly what the problem was. It was
simply that Clinton preferred his welfare state to his warfare state,
while the current master, George Bush, has the opposite preference.
state of affairs is intolerable. Recall that in politics there is
practically no goodwill, which means that peace prevails when there
is a balance of power, i.e. when the costs of aggression to the
state outweigh the benefits. We therefore face two choices: either
cut the size and budget of the U.S. military substantially or watch
other countries arm themselves and retaliate in ways which make
it difficult for the U.S. government to use its own strengths.
then is a genuine pro-liberty reform. Let us root out Communism
in our own midst. Let these poor government workers truly
serve the people in the market, even as private security guards
and consultants. Let international companies hire their own mercenaries
so that everybody knows that the latter are not financed by our
money. Let war contractors make the proverbial plowshares. Let the
Joint Chiefs of Staff change their vocation to the Amazing Siamese
Twins in a travelling circus. In short, abolish the standing army.
Chernikov [send him
mail] lives New York City.
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