Monday, September 09, 2013

Libertarian scholar writing on Cato "comes out" for the military draft, sort of

I found on a Cato Institute site a curious article by Pacal-Emannuel Gorby, “The Libertarian Case for National Military Service”, with a headline "National Service: What do we owe?", link here.

Gorby makes an example of Switzerland, as a country with generally libertarian values, but which requires every male to serve in the military and remain prepared.  He goes into some obscure analysis of the Second Amendment, his own.  I’m not sure that Piers Morgan would approve.

The writer even introduces the idea that claims on time (and risk) are as valid as taxes on money. I even recall that notion from grade school. 
The problem, of course, is government’s requiring a sacrifice from people, which in the past used to apply to men only.  It’s fine for a private institution to want to require a period of service from employees or students.  This gets into the debate trying to differentiate the subjects of politics, ethics, and morals, and they are all a bit different. 

Take a look at this. 

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