Can Mass Subjugation Save American Democracy?

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James Bovard

“‘Beatings will continue until morale improves’ has morphed from an old joke to the latest prescription for national salvation. ‘Compulsory National Service Could Unite America,’ whooped a New York Times Op-ed headline last week. Prominent media outlets, think tanks, and too many professors and former generals are calling for government to commandeer a year of young Americans’ lives to forcibly restore their faith in the political system. … Congress last month created a new federal holiday, Juneteenth Day, spurred in part by focus on the horrors of slavery. But compulsory service advocates are rewriting the script for American history. Apparently, slavery was evil not because of the unjust subjugation but because plantation owners, not politicians, were the profiteers. If the federal government is the beneficiary of forced labor, any quibbles about the 13th Amendment’s prohibition of involuntary servitude are moot.” (07/07/21)