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What's Fair About a Draft?

Date: July 18, 2004
Author: Michael Kinsley
QUOTE: “...events in Iraq have revived rumors and predictions that the real draft is coming back, and they have provided one of the periodic opportunities for advocates of a draft to make their case. At the very least, the sons and daughters of the elite don't have to sign up for any reason except a real desire to serve in the military...economic pressure and a lack of other opportunities may lead a poor kid to join the Army even if, on balance, he might prefer a career in investment banking.

ABSTRACT: Rumors of a Vietnam-like draft have sparked debate over the fairness issue over people being forced to serve and die for their country even if they didn’t want to.

--- Sari Kent

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