Letter to the New York Times on a Proposal to Reinstate the Temporary Enslavement of Young Americans

by Don Boudreaux on April 13, 2018

in Budget Issues, Seen and Unseen, War

In this letter, published on New Year’s Day 2003 in the New York Times, I took issue with Charles Rangel’s proposal to reinstate military conscription:

To the Editor:

Representative Charles B. Rangel is right to want the cost of American military action to be shared by all Americans (”Bring Back the Draft,” Op-Ed, Dec. 31). He is wrong, however, to suppose that conscription is a means to this noble end.

The only effective way to share the cost equitably is to pay military personnel those salaries that make military service attractive.

This way, all taxpayers share the cost of military action.

In contrast, a draft that forces young people into service at salaries insufficient to attract them voluntarily concentrates the cost of military involvement unfairly on those young people who are drafted.

Fairfax, Va., Dec. 31, 2002


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