Posts Tagged ‘Military’

On women and war.

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 3.15 pm

Much is being made of the recent announcement that women will no longer be banned from combat roles in the military — and inevitably the question of whether women will be required to register for the draft has been raised.

My thoughts on the subject are simple. Rather than focus on whether women should/shouldn’t/will/won’t be put into combat or drafted, it seems to me that there are bigger fish to fry: If our government is killing children with drones or coercing people into the military, the detail of what gender is pressing the kill button or being coerced strikes me as comparatively minor.

Is allowing women in combat a step toward equality? I suppose. But without significant changes in our foreign policy, what a horrifying equality it is.

A Couple Quick Questions, Ed. 2

Posted on August 7, 2010 at 8.22 pm

Q. Considering we are TRILLIONS in debt, the government is printing money like there’s no tomorrow, and oil prices have risen significantly, why are we not experiencing 1970s style inflation? — Mike, from the internet.

A. Because the money has been created, but it’s not yet circulating.

The monetary base grown significantly in the past two years, as you realize:  “$870.9 billion to $1735.3 billion in just five months, with much more to come” — and that was more than a year ago.   However, we don’t seem to be suffering from obvious excess inflation…at least not yet. But is it coming?  I’d lean toward “yes.”

Here’s why:  As Dan McCarthy explained from an argument by Mish Shedlock on the @TAC blog a while ago:

[Deflationists may be right in the short term, but] the Fed is doing everything in its power to print its way out of deflation — which would actually be beneficial as a correction to the inflated real estate, stock, and other prices we’ve seen over the last 20-odd years — and into inflation. Shedlock argues that as long as the banks aren’t lending, we won’t see inflation, and Polleit notes that they have indeed massively increased their excess reserves (from $1.9 billion to $798.2 billion so far). Trouble is, eventually the banks will start loaning out that money again, which is when inflation explodes.

In other words, it’s like the Fed has created mass amounts of money and then hidden it in a hole.  While it’s in the hole (or rather, while it’s not being lent or spent), the money clearly isn’t circulating, so it really isn’t having any effect on the value of the rest of the money in the economy.  But once it’s in use, watch out.

Q. Should Christians volunteer for military service? — CJ Scrofani, from Warrenton, VA.

A. That depends.  Right now?  No.  Other times?  Maybe.

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The humanitarian with a guillotine? Hopefully not.

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 1.48 pm

The UK’s Telegraph reports on accusations coming from both the French government and internationally-renowned Swiss emergency relief charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders):

“This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti,” [a French official]said.

Geneva-based charity Medecins Sans Frontieres backed his calls saying hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes carrying vital medical supplies were being turned away by American air traffic controllers.

But US commanders insisted their forces’ focus was on humanitarian work and last night agreed to prioritise aid arrivals to the airport over military flights, after the intervention of the UN….

Haiti was occupied by the US between 1915 and 1935, and historical sensitivities together with friction with other countries over the relief effort has made the Americans cautious about their role in the operation.

Here in America, some libertarians like Lew Rockwell share these suspicions of the US military’s long-term motives for involvement.  Rockwell commented:  “Murray Rothbard didn’t call it the welfare-warfare state for nothing. It’s the social worker with a machine gun, or as Isabel Patterson put it so long ago, the humanitarian with a guillotine.”