James Madison: War, Debt, Taxies, Armies & More Debt


James_Madison_1894_Issue-2$.jpgAs more of a Hamiltonian, I always feel a bit of a rankle when something Madisonian arises, but writer and libertarian blogger Doug Bandow emailed me his thoughts on Libya, the email footer of which was this important James Madison comment:

Of all the enemies of true 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 instrument for bringing the many under the domination of the few.
— James Madison

Madison had war distilled just right (at least intellectually if not in practice), and I suspect Dwight Eisenhower spent some time on Madison during his own stint in the White House.
— Steve Clemons


One comment on “James Madison: War, Debt, Taxies, Armies & More Debt

  1. JohnH says:

    Making the wealthy pay for war is the best way to make sure that foreign adventures get thoroughly scrutinized before they happen. The need to raise taxes to pay for way is the best weapon the public has to prevent nonsensical wars like we have now.


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