Here’s a letter of mine appearing in today’s Baltimore Sun:
And what earthly reason is there to suppose that he will deploy such labor according to reasonably objective criteria rather than according to political fads, partisan emotions and interest-group influences?
Sadly, Mr. Rodricks utterly ignores practical questions such as these. His essay is evidence of the truth of what Thomas Sowell observes in a recent column: “Politics is about evoking emotions, not examining specifics.”
Donald J. Boudreaux Fairfax, Va.
The writer is chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University.
The letter immediately following mine is better:
Forced labor is slavery, whether the slaves are paid with room and board or with money.
Let’s not pretend mandatory national service is anything but a sanitized form of slavery.
It’s a shameful idea in a country that’s supposed to stand for freedom.
David Page Baltimore