Originally posted by bill718
I've noticed over the past few decades those that clamor loudest and longest for American military action around the world share 2 qualities:
1. They know they'll never have to fight in a war
2. They hate paying taxes of any kind
So, the best way of finding resources for American military action is to tax those who what this military action for the ...[text shortened]... fight in it! Do this, and you'd find peace break out faster than you can say "hypocrite"
Actually collectivism is the best way to fund war.
Look at the massive collectivist states such as Nazi Germany, the former USSR, China, and now the US. Each has centralized government and created huge cash cows to fund war across the globe.
Before WW1, the US had a meager army. However, with the great collectivist Wilson the US adopted the federal income tax which help give birth the collectivist Leviathan called the US federal government. Later FDR further centralized it to gear up for WW2.
Germany also learned this lesson. For example, Germany was in a much better fiscal situation at the beginning of WW1 than it was during the beginning of WW2. Despite this, WW2 was better financed that in WW1. From September 1939 to September 1944, 50% of war expenditures were covered by existing revenues. From 1914 to 1918 that figure was only 13%. "Floating debts", which were paid by printing more money, covered 24% of expenditures, while the remaining 62% was financed via long term war bonds bought by the German people.
Germany's difficulty in raising revenues between 1914 and 1918 was not just a failure of political will. It was caused primarily by the fact that the individual states within imperial Germany retained most of the control over the tax system.
So as we can see, in order to have dominating war machines in the world, you must first move towards collectivism. Then your imperial dreams of world conquest will lie just around the corner.......