Podcast: James Madison and the Degeneracy of War

James Madison warned that a country could not preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. The U.S. has been embroiled in war for decades. If you care about limited government and freedom, this should concern you deeply. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about it.

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SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Free E-Book: The Power of No!: The Historical and Constitutional Basis for State Nullification

Constitution 101 War Powers

Thoughts from Maharrey Head Episode 24- Why Not War?

Thoughts from Maharrey Head Episode 110 – The Power to Make War

Crisis and Leviathan 

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” James Madison, Political Observations 20 April 1795

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