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Re: Military as a "Service"

Posted by Misha Kavka on November 5, 2000 at 08:57:07:

In Reply to: Re: Military as a "Service" posted by kate porter on October 23, 2000 at 20:59:07:

The question was about whether the military involves a class process. If it does, then it
has to produce a surplus and that means that the output of the military has to include surplus
output that is distributed in money or in-kind form to others and the necessary output that
pays for the military's salary and products would also have to be sold or distributed in-kind
as exchange for necessary goods. This is not what happens with the military. It does not
produce and output that has market value that could be translated into a necessary and surplus
portion. Instead, the military provides unproductive labor in support of the existing social
and economic system, just as feudal knights do.



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