Some interesting words from Albert Einstein, encountered in the course of research:
“In our time the military mentality . . . leads, by necessity, to preventive war. The general insecurity that goes hand in hand with this results in the sacrifice of the citizen’s civil rights to the supposed welfare of the state.”
That’s from a 1947 essay in The American Scholar called “The Military Mentality.” You read stuff like this and think: man, we were warned, weren’t we?