As the military industrial complex churns on and on without a major international engagement to supply, the question of demand inevitably arises. Keynesian spending can only help the economy if there are buyers for the new goods no one asked for. The solution for the military industrial complex became law enforcement. Since the war on terror is essentially an international policing mission wrought military grade, the backward compatibility has allowed police at home to beef up their hardware and become more powerful than ever.
A study by the ACLU documents the growth of SWAT and other paramilitary police forces around the country. The justification for the gear has been the war on drugs – and under drug asset forfeiture laws, the funding to purchase from the military industrial complex is almost neverending. And the technology only improves.
But with it inevitably comes the semi-accidental deaths of innocent bystanders against whom the military hardware is inevitably wielded. Old innocents, young innocents, and pets – nothing is safe when coppers with fully automatic weapons, tanks, and body armor burst through your door.
Last thing. Is NYC a safe city? Look at the crime rates sometime, the incidences of police brutality, drug use, et cetera. Now ponder why, if this is not far and away the safest city on the globe, why a literal army is needed to “keep it safe.”
In the era of bubble finance and spending programs for no reason but to suit the government’s insatiable and capricious appetite for more property and territory, tyranny is inevitable. End the Fed.