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Brad DeLong remembers Milton Friedman’s opposition to the draft:

Gen. William Westmoreland, testifying before President Nixon’s Commission on an All-Volunteer [Military] Force, denounced the idea of phasing out the draft and putting only volunteers in uniform, saying that he did not want to command “an army of mercenaries.” Friedman, a member of the 15-person commission, interrupted him. “General,” Friedman asked, “would you rather command an army of slaves?” Westmoreland got angry: “I don’t like to hear our patriotic draftees referred to as slaves.” And Friedman got rolling: “I don’t like to hear our patriotic volunteers referred to as mercenaries.” And he did not stop: “If they are mercenaries, then I, sir, am a mercenary professor, and you, sir, are a mercenary general. We are served by mercenary physicians, we use a mercenary lawyer, and we get our meat from a mercenary butcher.”

3:03 pm on November 17, 2006

Slave Army

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Writes Frank Golubski: “My wife discovered this new film, ‘Day Zero.’ The premise: ‘The U.S. military draft is back. You have thirty days to report… Day Zero follows the lives of three best friends in New York City who have thirty days to come to terms with their fate: the draft is back and they’ve been called to serve.’

“Here’s the website, which includes a trailer and a poll on the draft. It’s won an award at Tribeca, but no news yet on general release dates.”

10:10 am on August 2, 2007
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