Draft Quotes

Is a young man bound to serve his country in war? In addition to his legal duty there is perhaps also a moral duty, but it is very obscure. What is called his country is only its government and that government consists merely of professional politicians, a parasitical and anti-social class of men. They never […]

I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their […]

Of all the statist violations of individual rights in a mixed economy, the military draft is the worst. It is an abrogation of rights. It negates man’s fundamental right – the right to life – and establishes the fundamental principle of statism: that a man’s life belongs to the state, and the state may claim […]

Conscription may form a great and admirable machine, but it differs from the trained army of volunteers as a body does from a soul. But it costs a country heavy in griefs, does a volunteer army; for the flower of the country goes.

“FUCK THE DRAFT” Life magazine describes “a big poster to “end” all posters-against-the-draft,” drawn by Steve Kuromiya. The picture shows a young man watching what looks like his draft card go up in flames, “Underneath, in big white letters on a black background, it advises, simply and obscenely, what should be done to the draft.” […]

Big categories were exempted – people that were in college, people that were teaching, people that were married. It varied from time to time, but there were all kinds of exemptions. And what was left was sucked into the intake, trained for a period of months, and then went out, adding no value, no advantage, […]

When our men were drawn out for Canada, a very large bounty was given them, and now another call is made upon us; no one will go without a large bounty though only for two months, and each town seems to think its honor engaged in outbidding the others. The province pay is forty shillings. […]

Maybe the answer to Selective Service is to start everyone off in the army and draft them for civilian life as needed.

He who stays home when the fight begins And lets others fight for his cause should take care: He who does not take part in the battle will share in the defeat. Even avoiding battle does not avoid Battle, since not to fight for your own cause really means Fighting on behalf of your enemy’s […]

I have of late met with abundant reason, to be convinced of the impracticability of Recruiting this Army to the New establishment, in any reasonable time by voluntary Inlistments… the Exigency of our affairs calls aloud for vigorous exertions.