This is a passage from General Smedley Butler's piece, War is a Racket. Well worth reading the whole thing, but here's the part I find most interesting. Please Note: Below the passage I will list several easily foreseeable counter arguments, so don't go responding right away with a typical partisan response or assume that I agree 100% with this. *And a note to our international posters, this thread will mostly be about America. Alright, straight to immediate concerns (no, I'm not copying this from some other site): -"The government doesn't have the right to limit income and profit like that." This is a very valid concern, and not just for conservatives. However, American wars driven by profiteering would never happen with this system. I 100% support the idea of imposing this on the politicians, but it might need some tweaking for industry. Obviously, the bills for war material production still need to be paid. However, I don't see that as necessarily in contrast to the effort to remove personal profit from war. -"If the profit and competition were removed, free enterprise would have no incentive to develop better technology to help win wars." If that's true, then the defense contractors that spend billions to advertise their patriotism don't deserve to be in the country. -"This requires a draft." Yes, part of it is dependent on a draft. And this may be out of character for a pacifist, but I support the idea of bringing back the draft. Of course, for war time only. If the war is not vital to the survival of the nation, then those affected by the draft would vote no on the war. -"You can't end war. People will always be violent. This isn't possible in modern America." Then there is no hope. Give up on life. Of course there will always be conflict, as the causes of conflict - scarcity and ignorance - will almost certainly remain with humanity. And no, I don't believe the implementation of such a plan is feasible right now, nor would it be compatible with a lot of other aspects about modern America, but that doesn't make it a bad idea. It's not a perfect idea, and the specifics need major tweaking, but I believe the General was on the right track.