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    Quote Originally Posted by Avis View Post
    I'd be careful with Carl Schmitt. Even if I accept some of his arguments, his mindset was essentially an authoritarian one.
    Yes I'm aware of much of the controversy around Carl Schmitt. Nevertheless he has been influential in modern political theortical discourse. I don't always agree with him, but he often gives powerful critiques of common liberal assumptions.

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    The reason the entire world dislikes us, is because we constantly feel the need to rattle our sabre at everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    The fact that the service is voluntary, makes it much more heroic in my eyes.
    Not really, it's not very noble to make a career out of killing. Niccolo Machiavelli outlined the dangers professional soldiers pose to any republic, due to the fact that without a war such soldiers are without a means of living. As he put it: "War creates thieves, and peace hangs them."

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    And with a military as big and well funded as ours is, they can sit idle only so long before the trigger fingers get itchy again.

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    Some people are killers.

    Thats the cold hard truth of it.

    They can either do it in a uniform under oversight, or do it in our streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    And with a military as big and well funded as ours is, they can sit idle only so long before the trigger fingers get itchy again.
    "What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?"
    -Madeleine Albright to General Colin Powell

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    Well I personally think we our killing our country with gross overspending at the moment.

    The first thing that needs to be streamlined is our military.

    Catch 22 costs the US tax payer too fucking much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Some people are killers.

    Thats the cold hard truth of it.

    They can either do it in a uniform under oversight, or do it in our streets.
    Does the existence of sociopathy require that we all have blood on our hands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Some people are killers.

    Thats the cold hard truth of it.

    They can either do it in a uniform under oversight, or do it in our streets.
    Hence the old British saying: "A friend before a messmate, a messmate before a shipmate, a shipmate before a dog, and a dog before a soldier."

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    Does the existence of sociopathy require that we all have blood on our hands?
    Get down off the cross, use the wood to build a bridge, and get over it.

    I don't see how some people in the military being sociopaths imputes guilt to us.

    Make more sense.

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