“From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.”
Veterans are the former soldiers of the military who are systematically treated by the civilian federal government like refuse. Congresscritters simply don’t give a damn as to the consequences their own foreign policy decisions have upon military personnel, some of which include these facts, that, since 9/11:
- 1,175 soldiers have undergone battle-injury amputations
- 6,640 soldiers have been killed in action
- 131,341 soldiers have been diagnosed with PTSD
- 253,330 soldiers have traumatic brain injuries
- 22 veterans commit suicide per month, on average
- 37% of veterans aged 25 – 44 are unemployed
- 1 in 11 homeless are veterans
- Mercenaries are paid at least 3 times as much as the typical soldier
- 151 congresscritters profited in the tens of millions of dollars through investment dividends, capital gains, royalties, and interest because of “defense” contracts
Despite military propaganda, how are these veterans supposed to translate their skill sets well enough into the civilian labor market? One is left to simply assume that they are left to their own devices, much like the rest of the hapless citizenry.
Three chief arguments really demonstrate why government war is inimical to human liberty. Firstly, war is a racket simply due to the fact that unscrupulous corporate fascists will do anything to secure a “defense” contract in order to make a quick buck, no matter who gets hurt. Second, war is the health of the State because the chicken hawks use manipulative propaganda in order to pull at one’s heartstrings by appealing to a sense of patriotic nationalism as the best way to garner popular support for war. Third, conscription is slavery, and although the draft is inactive (for now), the contingency plan of “selective service” is still very much in place, as evidenced by the compulsory registration law that imposes a duty to register for the draft upon all males aged 18 – 26 who reside within the United States.
Why do I think it is more important to persuade conservatives and soldiers to resist the military rather than progressives and “law” enforcement? I’ve observed a cross-pollination of political ideology with government employment, given that central planning socialists don’t tend to be Americana enthusiasts. Of course, the other side of the coin is that that there is noticeable redundancy, in that progressives and libertarians both already dislike the military-industrial complex. Simply put, conservatives, and especially soldiers, are uniquely capable in effectively stopping the military in its tracks, if only they adhere themselves to the idea of non serviam tyrannis.
So, how does one help end the warfare state? It should be absolutely clear that soldiers and conservatives act differently, for their relative positions within the system are as different as football players versus cheerleaders. Anti-political direct action is not a spectator sport, for we need all hands on deck to participate in strategic withdrawal, beginning with an awareness of just how badly the veterans are affected by war overseas, as well as by bureaucracy once they come back home.
For soldiers, prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the most important direct action for them to take is to never enlist or otherwise join up with the military in the first place. Denying this labor pool to the war profiteers and career officers is vital to our success, for it’s rather difficult to wage a war without humans, but in case soldiers already on active-duty decide to have a change of heart, they can still Vacate the Military; whether they do this by way of conscientious objection, letting their enlistment contracts run out without reenlisting, or even civilly disobeying their commanding officers by going AWOL, is their choice. Probably the best thing for returning veterans of sound mind and body to do is to join a private defense agency, such as Threat Management Center in Detroit, or start their own by offering patrolling services to land owners, like Texan ranchers.
Conservatives are best utilized for supportive roles in furthering the voluntary market privatization of defensive services. Offering mutual aid for disaffected veterans, much like Veterans on Patrol in Arizona has done, is an easy way to perform what the VA was ostensibly supposed to do. War tax resistance is another approach conservatives ought to take, and would noticeably close the partisan gap between progressives and themselves. Establishing a local Committee of Safety is probably the single best form of direct action conservatives can do in proving the illegitimacy and dangers of a standing army that the Founders warned us about; viscerally reminding everyone of our American militia heritage is perfect for conservatives because they are steadfast adherents of cultural tradition.
Summarily, government war is not the same thing as a revolutionary “people’s war,” guerrilla warfare, or even armed resistance, for these types of physical conflicts are all aimed towards forcibly resisting the State. Medieval kings were limited by their own personal wealth and direct taxation (as approved by Parliament), yet, modern presidents are unlimited by central banking debt and monetary inflation. If conservatives and soldiers delay much longer in refusing to serve the war profiteering of congresscritters, then perhaps underground railroads and other forms of agorism might need to step in and undermine the capability of the military to wage war at all.