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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: "The Second Amendment's Authors Would Hate Today's Huge Federal Military" by Ryan McMaken: "Opposing Standing Armies: A Great American Tradition" by Zachary Yost: "When State Governors Tried To Take Back Control of the National Guard" by Ryan McMaken: Be sure to follow War, Economy, and State at

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Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for the Mises Wire and Power and Market, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy and international relations from the University of Colorado. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre. Zachary Yost Zachary Yost is a freelance writer and Mises U alum. You can subscribe to his newsletter here

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