October 22nd, 2009

Writer's Block: War and peace

Many countries require all citizens to fulfill a mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Do you think the current recruitment system creates or sustains socioeconomic inequality?

1) I disagree; 2) yes I do, it does create and sustain inequalities.  I am pleased that the pay of officers is relatively modest compared to pay of other corporate executives but that is small comfort when the military, while purporting to preserve our democracy, does what it can to to produce a mentality which is not compatible with democratic life.  The argument is made that the military cannot function as a democracy, but the same argument is made for almost every other area of life is well.  So where does an American acquire the skills of citizenship, not in the family, not in most schools, not in most churches, not in most jobs, and certainly not in the military.