Thursday, July 8, 2010

Conservatives vs. Republicans & Progressives on Standing Armies and War

"There is nothing inherently or historically conservative about our national standing military," reminds Joel McDurmon, quoted on Conservative Heritage Times here — Five Truths That Republicans Hate. More:
    It was a Republican-led effort that ignored everything the American founders wrote about the dangers of standing armies and centralized the state militias into a national army, the outlawed state militias. Shortly after the Militia Act of 1903, in one ten year span before WWI, the military budget rose from $2 million to $53 million—a 2,650% budget increase. The whole program was carried out by Progressives which at that time dominated the Republican Party. These were men whom Republicans generally revere as well, Republicans: William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Elihu Root. Historically, big war has been carried out under progressive Democrats: Wilson got us into WW1, FDR WWII, Truman Korea, and Kennedy/Johnson Vietnam. Progressives love war inherently: it was one aspect that grew directly out of social Darwinism. Conservatives fight when necessary to protect their own land and freedom, except against property taxes, apparently.

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Anonymous walt said...

Good article Joshua. The first chapter of Robert Nisbet's The Present Age: Progress and Anarchy in Modern America drove this point home about the Reagan military build up in the 1980's and how opposite it was against conservative ideals. Some of my GOP buddies are finally starting to see where I'm coming from, so keep these articles coming.

Joshua, have you ever done a post on the the articles and books that have influenced your thinking the most?

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

"Some of my GOP buddies are finally starting to see where I'm coming from..."

I see this, too, as in this NRO article posted yesterday -- Let’s Cut Defense Spending.

"Joshua, have you ever done a post on the the articles and books that have influenced your thinking the most?"

Here's a post on influential articles I once had on my sidebar -- Must-Read Articles -- and her's one of the thinkers who've influenced me -- Teachers Meme.

I should probably post an updated list, but this summer I'm working like a dog, and have little time to post anything but annotated links to articles I come across.

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