What were David Hume's views on the war and military? What about crime?

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Hume spent most of his time writing about politics and political systems, but when he addressed the military, he felt it was at times a necessary piece of a king or ruler's authority and that it could often be a place for excess workers to contribute while they are not needed on the factory floor or elsewhere in the production economy.  He suggested that strong foreign trade also strengthened the military, perhaps based on the fact that British trade interests prompted them to build the most powerful navy the world had ever seen.

He felt that ideally, criminals would be tried by a judge (magistrate) and jury in all cases and punishments would be meted out effectively by the combination of the two.