The Problem with Standing Armies

Ryan McMaken and Zachary Yost examine some reasons why early Americans hated the idea of a professional standing army, and some of the tactics used to decentralize military power in the US and Switzerland.

Recommended Reading

“Why We Can’t Ignore the Militia Clause of the Second Amendment” by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/WES_02_A

“The Second Amendment’s Authors Would Hate Today’s Huge Federal Military” by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/WES_02_B

“Opposing Standing Armies: A Great American Tradition” by Zachary Yost: Mises.org/WES_02_C

“When State Governors Tried To Take Back Control of the National Guard” by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/WES_02_D

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