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Response to louis c (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:43 AM

52. Ain't happening. The rich/well-connected would simply become danger-dodgers

instead of merely draft-dodgers.

The late great blogger Steve Gilliard blasted this notion of the draft being a class equalizer out of the water back in 2006:

http://www.alternet.org/print/story/44556/the_draft%3A_no_solution_to_social_inequality

(snip)
When we talk about the draft, it is through the prism of World War II and the GI Bill. We see the mass armies of World War II as leveling -- one where people served without class distinction.

This is Hollywood's fantasy.

In reality, rich kids gravitated to the Navy and Air Corps, or the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services. They didn't sign up to be Rangers or Airborne, much less infantry.

(snip)
Why do people believe this? There are two factions, one who wants to see the risk spread to more corners of society, and others, who think that the Army can create social equality.

The problem with this thinking is that the rich and well-off just pick other services without much physical risk of injury. The Navy has long been the choice for America's upper class. All three Kennedy brothers who served in World War II chose the Navy -- Ted Kennedy was drafted into the Army during Korea, but stayed in the US.

(snip)

Much more at the link:
http://www.alternet.org/print/story/44556/the_draft%3A_no_solution_to_social_inequality



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