Draft

Muhammad Ali and the Military Draft

Muhammad Ali and the Military Draft

“If the state may force a man to risk death or hideous maiming and crippling, in a war declared at the state’s discretion, for a cause he may neither approve of nor even understand, if his consent is not required to send him into unspeakable martyrdom—then, in principle, all rights are negated in that state, and its government is not man’s protector any longer. What else is there left to protect?”

Unnecessary Loss of Life

Unnecessary Loss of Life

In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on — or even seen — a battlefield

The Draft: Slavery as Literal as it Comes

A reader asked what my thoughts are on conscription -- i.e., the draft. I view the draft the same way I view any violation of individual rights: As slavery. In the case of the draft, since your life is at stake, the slavery is as literal as it...

Reinstating the Military Draft

Congressman Charles Rangel plans to introduce legislation calling for reinstatement of the military draft. He says, "There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy...

Draft Equals Moral Bankruptcy

Opinion surveys have indicated that a growing number of young people and their parents are wary of the Army's recruiting pitch at a time when soldiers in Iraq are killed and wounded virtually every day. Spring is typically one of the more difficult...

Drafts–Real and Imagined

If you are John Kerry, how do you strike fear in the hearts of twenty-somethings--a demographic that typically leans left but is notoriously unlikely to show up at the polls on Election Day? One way is to hint that your opponent plans to draft them...

The Economics of the Military Draft

Last year, Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) introduced bills calling for reinstatement of the military draft. A far more descriptive term for the military draft is government confiscation of labor services, but keeping...

The Draft Is Anathema To Human Freedom

In his Op-Ed column, "To arms," Tony Blankley argues that the youth of America needs to be sacrificed for the greater good and hints that we may need the draft to do it. Referencing the last living veterans of this generation, Blankly writes: Just...

An Idea Not Worth Drafting: Conscription is Slavery

Since the attacks on 9-11, the issue of the draft has sat simmering on the backburner of American politics with intermittent bouts on the front pages of political news. Its latest proponent is Congressman Charles Rangel, a left-darling from New...

Grotesque Cynicism on the Draft

Charles Rangel, a Congressman strongly opposed to the war against Iraq, is introducing legislation to bring back the draft. How can this be? Ultraliberal congressmen like Rangel quite openly loathe the military, just like our former President...

The Purpose of the Draft is Not a Strong Military

Senior military officers are opposing bringing back the military draft. They point out that today's military is so high-tech and complex that an all-volunteer, trained force is superior. For years, in fact, many military leaders have observed that...

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