: The best long-term solution is not to maintain a standing army; but to free the people from the coercive aspect of the state; membership of a state should be a voluntary and co-operative thing, not a forced coercion on the part of the government.
Membership of a state should be a voluntary and co-operative thing? How does that work? RD used to talk a lot about this very thing. Everybody works at the thing that he wants to work at as long as it interests him. Free goods and services at the point of distribution; is this the kind on thing your talking about?
Would a criminal decline to go to court to face charges of strong arm robbery by declaring he chose not to participate in that particular venue of the democratic process? What in the world do you base these things on, mid-century French philosophers?
: It's a statement which applies equally to the USSR as it does to the modern-day USA; in the US's case, the managers really are the managers; and the slaves are kept sweet with MTV and labour-saving gadgetry. If evidence you seek, look at the vast number of people who will defend The American Way without thought.
Yup, at least until something better comes along.
And don't forget, if we really start disliking what's going on, if we as a collective disapprove of the direction this country is going in, we can always fight back, thanks to the 2nd Amendment.
I think it's a mistake to shortchange the American genius, but, what the hell, your welcome to it.