I fully expect my veterans benefits to be repealed like most other government liabilities and the elites like the gentlemen who talked above about the military being the 'lumpenproletariat' look at people like me as being part of the problem.
I don't understand where my country has gone.
On the contrary, as I tried to explain, the military could be part of the solution, if politicians had the vigour and self-confidence to use them.
If the US had a citizen army, raised by universal conscription, for one or two year's service, the critical mass of the army would consist of "workers in uniform," proleterians with a strong sense of solidarity and class-consciousness, forged by organized labour unions in their former work-places &c, who would see any breakdown of public order as the prelude to shooting their officers, establishing soldiers and workers' councils, seizing the means of production, distribution and exchange, liquidating the bougeoisie
&c - Everyone knows the scenario.
The Lumpen Proleteriat
, by definition has no class-consciousness, no political organization and no sense of workers' solidarity. When they bcome professional soldiers, their loyalty is to their immediate comrades, their commanders and the flag, under which they serve, pretty well in that order. One can see, at once, that, properly led, they would readily support a Party of Order and would fire on command on looters, saboteurs and rioters. They would never see disorder as a political opportunity for the working class, or identify themselves with it. Both Napoléon I and Napoléon III realised this, which is why they allowed the system of substitution, where conscripts could avoid service, by finding someone else to take their place, thus producing, in effect, a professional army. That is why the police, too, are invariably recruited from this class.
In this, the lumpen proleteriat
resembles my own class of peasant proprietors, who also lack political organization and are notoriously difficult to collectivise. One Scottish Labour party politician said, many years ago, that collectivising Scottish farmers would be like putting a saddle on a pig. My other job is as an advocate (trial lawyer and consultant), a bunch of people so independent-minded that we are not allowed to form partnerships, or work for a firm - every man for himself, living, quite literally, by his wits.