Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Who Would Protect Our Shipping?

One argument for a standing military, at least a navy, is we need such to protect our shipping.  Really?  Don't you have that exactly backwards?  Read the constitution:

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

See that term?  Letter of Marque?  Properly organized, national defense is left to private enterprise.
 This gave the state a naval force which could attack the commerce of the enemy at no cost to public funds. The ships captured had to be brought before an Admiralty Court and tried to ensure they were a legal prize, and not the property of a neutral state.
In anarchy, who is the cop?  You are.  In war, who defends industry?  Industry.  We have gotten so far off the track we do not even recognize out roots.

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