Didn't Machiavellian philosophy discredit the deployment of mercenaries
about a half a millennium ago?

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From: Robin Hanson [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 1:04 PM
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Subject: Re: Private Peacekeeping?


fabio wrote:
> > The author (scholar at CATO) makes a case for private peacekeeping and 
> shows
> > cases, where it worked very cheaply and well. At the original article
(URL
> > below) you can find active hyperlinks. Enjoy!
> > Radovan
>
>Fascinating read. I think this kind of points to the question of why
>mercenaries have been phased out during modern times. Any takers?

I found it fascinating as well.  I suppose massive use of mercenaries brings
up concerns that the mercenaries would take over.  If you already have a
public army not being used in a war, I'd guess the intuition is that it
is cheaper to use them than to hire another.  This assumption may well be
wrong though.


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