posted on May, 12 2006 @ 10:27 AM
No, it's not alright with me that big business controls the government. But -- and I run into this with libertarians all the time -- the cure is not
to weaken the government. In the first place, as long as big business controls the government and wants it strong, it's not even possible to weaken
it. We'd have to take control back before that could even happen. But more to the point, the government (by which I mean a strong federal
government) serves important purposes.
It's true that this is not the 1860s. But that only means we're not going to be fighting another civil war over slavery. How about over abortion
rights, or the decline of Christian culture in many parts of the country? Or over immigration? Or globalization? There are always going to be
issues dividing us as a people. Some of them will always inspire fanaticism. And the only thing that stops us from going to war among ourselves over
them is that we lack the power. If one faction controls some of the states, while another controls others, that affects national elections, but the
states cannot call out the militia and invade each other. That is what a strong central government insures, among other things.
This topic began with a discussion of our country's current warmongering spree, and suggested that a weaker national government would stop that. If
the federal government continues to control the military, and the military remains strong, then merely allowing the states more leeway would not stop
the country from going to war. And if it does not, then we risk another civil war.
If you want to end war, you need to recognize what causes it and what allows it. What causes it is human factionalism and passions. What allows it
is regional governments, not central ones. The states of the U.S. do not go to war with each other because there is a strong central government
empowered to prevent their doing so. The nations of the world DO go to war with each other, because there is no such central authority preventing
THEM doing so.
The end of war cannot come from further fragmentation, but only from a global government. There is no other way.