A question about Libertarianism, need help!Submitted by Ronny Appleseed on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 13:10
I am reading For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, by Murray Rothbard and this book is taking a toll on my life. I cannot stop reading it! I am up until about 3:00 am each night reading this and have to force myself to stop and get some sleep. I can honestly say that no book has ever captivated me quite like this one. This book makes complete sense to me in a nonsensical world. I have to thank Ron Paul for opening my eyes and giving me a path to a whole new train of thought that is based on common sense and truth. I will forever be grateful to him for this.
However, I do have a question that is nagging at me like a fly buzzing around my soul. I do disagree with having a standing army and I have been made aware of the dangers of standing armies by Rothbard but in modern times what can we do to remedy this? If the U.S. did not have a standing army wouldn’t the standing army of another centralized government take advantage of this and walk right in? I disagree with our government but there are far more tyrannical governments sitting on the sidelines rubbing their hands together and licking their lips just waiting for the slightest opportunity to come and impose their own will upon us. How does the libertarian thought process address this issue keeping in mind modern warfare and technology?
Rothbard explains that throughout history governments had difficulties conquering libertarian societies due to the fact that it is easier to conquer people with a centralized government but we live in a vastly different world with new technologies never dreamed of. How could this be addressed? If we didn’t have a standing army to defend against other tyrannical governments of this time period we would in a sense be almost welcoming them, wouldn’t we?