3. Endless Wars
Said Randolph Bourne, “War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” While many modern-day conservatives seem to never want to cut a penny from the defense budget, it now takes up roughly $600 billion of the US Budget.
Though defense is perhaps the most important, or maybe the only thing that the US Government should do, it is impossible that there is not a more efficient way of using our resources. This growth has occurred in large part because of a post-World War II United States which intervenes far too often in conflicts which are not in our direct interest. Worse yet, these constant wars also help to create a society which too often allows violations of civil liberties and human rights, a hallmark of authoritarianism.