So this is a new twist
I ran across a Google Ad for Michael Charles Smith for President 2008 and clicked on it. He’s running as a Republican and billing himself as a “fiscal conservative” and “social libertarian.” Nice. He wants to eliminate the Federal Income Tax in favor of a National Sales Tax. Okay. He supports gay marriage and gay military service. Cool.
And then this:
We should have a draft.
The most un-libertarian suggestion possible. A draft? In a free country we should force people to fight the wars politicians choose?
His reasoning is:
We’d see a transformation of the Iraq debate.
You’re damn right we’d see a transformation in the debate. A draft, in Ayn Rand’s words, “establishes the fundamental principle of statism: that a man’s life belongs to the state, and the state may claim it by compelling him to sacrifice it in battle.”
As it stands, volunteers choose whether or not to serve in the military. If our government continually chooses to fight wars not in our national interest, volunteers will be harder to find. With a draft, the government could choose to fight any war it wanted and be assured that a military would be there to serve. It wouldn’t serve as effectively as a volunteer army but it would be fully stocked.
A volunteer army not only serves more effectively but sets the tone of public support for the government’s actions.
I’d think a “social libertarian” would agree. Or as my roommate just said, “are libertarians so high they think a draft’s cool?”