The Struggle for American Independence: A Standing Military Presence

In this episode, I articulate the historical reasons that standing military forces were considered despotic in the British tradition, and why the British constitutional system warded against them explicitly. I cover the military occupation by British forces in 1768, the constitutional ramifications of a standing army in peacetime, and the development of patriot boycotts of British products. While many of the histories of this time portray the antagonist against the British as a tax revolt, the open condemnation of standing armies reveals that there were other factors that created a schism between two different parts of the British Empire.


Other recommended reading(s):

Mercy Otis Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution

Peter Oliver, Origin and Progress of the American Revolution: A Tory View

Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty


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