Military Conscription Is a Tool for Centralization, State-Building, and Despotism

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“The US Senate continues to debate legislation potentially adding women to the military draft in the United States. This week, for instance, Senator Josh Hawley attempted to remove from the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act provisions requiring that ‘all Americans’ (aged 18-25) register for the draft. We shouldn’t be surprised to find that Washington politicians are nearly all in agreement that at least half of America’s young adults ought to be coerced at de facto gunpoint into military service — presumably to fight for ‘freedom.’ The only debate at hand apparently is whether or not the other half ought to be forced into temporary slavery as well.” (11/10/21)