Reader Question: GM Military Vehicles?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Glenn asks: Have you seen the military vehicles based on the Chevy Colorado. Does not look like it affords much protection. Your thoughts.

My reply: They certainly don’t provide much protection from the government, which mulcted taxpayers to finance these things. As a libertarian, I feel no obligation to afford any protection to people who rob me – or any other person. It’s especially obnoxious to be forced to provide funds to protect those who are the “sword and shield” – to use an old term – of the government, which is to say, of the organized gang that claims a monopoly on legalized violence in this country.

I long ago shed myself of any delusion that “the military” exists to protect the United States; i.e., the people of the United States. It exists to project the power of the United States government, which is a radically different thing. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading War is a Racket by Marine Major General Smedley Butler, who figured out that he was a well-paid hit man who had been used by the government to enforce appalling polices that had nothing to do with “serving and protecting” the American people.

I realize this sounds harsh. But the truth, when first confronted, can be painful. It does not, however, make the truth any less true.

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