Many conservative advocates of market-based economics passionately support a large military, while many opponents of a large military oppose markets. Nineteenth-century classical liberal Richard Cobden, however, maintained that the military and the market were substitutes: more military entails less market.

Edward P. Stringham is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute; Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation and Deputy Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment at Trinity College; and contributor to the book In all Fairness: Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity.
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