Bernie Sanders, the Defense Budget, and the Lessons of Venice

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., November 24, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
The Venetians knew their civilization could flourish only with a strong military to protect it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE V enice has been struggling, in the (literal) wake of November’s nearly unprecedented tidal flooding that swamped even some of its most hallowed religious and architectural sites. So for those of us who care about the world’s great cities and the civilizations they’ve spawned (in the case of Venice, think of the Renaissance), it seemed like a good time to visit Venezia — before perhaps it sinks into the Adriatic. (The streets were dry, in point of fact.)

One is prepared for, although still overwhelmed by, the aesthetic beauty of its built environment. But who knew (at least I didn’t) that its

<a title="Howard Husock's archive page" href="https://www.nationalreview.com/author/howard-husock/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.nationalreview.com/author/howard-husock/&source=gmail&ust=1619533586506000&usg=AFQjCNHF8_rXpJTFtq7bfjv5KGIZvbmNww">Howard Husock is senior executive fellow at the Philanthropy Roundtable and an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Poor Side of Town: And Why We Need It.

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