Taxpayer-Funded Mercenaries Are Not the ‘Private Sector’

Erik Prince cc

Who pays for Blackwater? You and me. Who does Blackwater seek to satisfy? The government.

(From Mises.org)

Whether or not Blackwater receives revenue is based on whether they can effectively lobby important people in the government to continue paying Blackwater for services. The money that goes to Blackwater, however, is not the money of the people Blackwater seeks to please. The money belongs to the taxpayers, who have no power to withdraw their financial support from Blackwater if a politician decides otherwise.

Thus, the relationship between the people who actually provide Blackwater’s revenue, and Blackwater itself is purely political, and has nothing at all to do with the sort of market entrepreneurship that Prince thinks he excels at.

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