Saturday Book Review: Liberty Defined by Ron Paul: Conscription

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.

Just as an income tax sends the message about who owns us and the fruits of our labor (even when the tax is only 1 percent), the draft and the registration for it remind every eighteen-year-old that ultimately the government controls his fate. The state can kidnap you at any time. This is an outrage that should never be tolerate in any society.

Ron Paul likens conscription to slavery. Now it may be true that being drafted to serve your country in the military is similar to slavery in some ways, but these ways are few. Yes, you are forced to give up some freedoms in both cases, but it is both an honor and our duty to serve and protect the American empire. It is not a duty and an honor to be a slave.

The reason it is a duty and honor to serve in the military is because you were born here and thus owe a debt (perhaps the ultimate debt) to defend America. Just think about all the great things that America gives its citizens: amazing public education, roads, Sesame Street, mail, etc. Without government we would never have these things.

It is fortunate that we have not had to have a draft in over 40 years and that we have been able to participate in all of the necessary wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali and (soon enough) Iran. That does not mean a draft is bad however.

It has more to do with the generous salaries paid by the military to the poor and unfortunate that have so few other options. We should be proud of these brave young men and women that don’t know any better than to accept one of the few options they are given: go overseas and kill foreigners because nameless, faceless Saudi Arabians decided to hijack some airplanes over a decade ago.

And if the need arises in the future, we should all be eager and honored to be drafted into the forced service of our empire. To protect our freedoms…

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Austrian Economics

Business Cycle
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Disobedience