Re: The Education Function

Michael Scarazzo (
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 09:43:28 -0800 (PST)

---Andrew Ducker <> wrote:
> -> >> So your PPA would have how much resources? How many fighter
planes? How
> >> many tanks?
> >>
> >
> >Why such primitive concepts? My PPA has no motivation to occupy
Iraq, just
> >eliminate its leadership and terrorist apparatus. It also has no
> Presidential
> >Order against asassination of foreign leaders. Massive war machines
are a
> >vestige of the centralized nation state. Guerrilla insurgencies,
> ops,
> >espionage, surgical smart weapons, and other surreptitious
> >options are the libertarian solution.
> $250,000 for a smart missile? That figure was quoted on this
newsgroup the
> other day.
> How many guerrilla units could you hire that could sneak into
Baghdad and
> get that close to Hussein? And his successor? While they flatten
your City
> block(s) from bombers.

First, defense contractors under a libertarian society will more carefully select to whom they sell weapons, because they will be held responsible if another party uses their weapons against other Americans or against other customers. There is a direct vested interest in keeping weapons used for defense instead of offense. He has power because the US government has helped to give it to him. Also, in a free market society where businesses can spend 70% more on R&D, defense companies and others would be able to devise more efficient ways to defeat conventional weapons, perhaps.

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