Democracy and War

“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.

I saw this quote when reading a post by Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo today. It reminded me that there is little hope of constraining a government  so as to keep it within some reasonable bounds. Governments grow in power and control of the people until the people become slaves or they revolt: or both. The idea that your local town’s government would be the most important one to your life is the idea that America was founded upon. It has failed and war had a large role in that failure.

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