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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 11:28 AM

17. The writers of the constitution opposed a standing army.

 

"James Madison said:

"In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people."

BONUS:
Freud argued that when men gave up the primal drive to protect ourselves, our families and our communities and that power was transferred to standing armies it disempowered us and made us weak psychologically.



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