In this episode, I articulate the historical reasons that standing military forces were considered despotic in the British tradition, and why the British constitutional system warded against them explicitly. I cover the military occupation by British forces in 1768, the constitutional ramifications of a standing army in peacetime, and the development of patriot boycotts of British products. While many of the histories of this time portray the antagonist against the British as a tax revolt, the open condemnation of standing armies reveals that there were other factors that created a schism between two different parts of the British Empire.
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