up from fœtid Comment Sewers beneath Ciudad Vleeptron: The Draft & the Mass Nap on College Campuses. ALSO: 2 more breasts
A teacher in France protests against CPE (Contrait de Première Embauche), a law which would make it easy for companies to fire young people. Published in Belgium's "De Standaard" 29 March 2006. (When I first saw it, I thought it was a Jean-Louis David painting from the French Revolution.)
Jim Olson said...
Thats exactly the problem, isn't it. There are no protests. Not one. During the Vietnam war, students were so agressive that Commencement was canceled in 1970 at Boston University. There has been NOT ONE student-led uprising at Boston University.
Where is the public outrage? Where are the dissenters and the fomenters and the drop-outers and the peaceniks of our generation and younger? Where are the people singing of love and peace?
It's not that the students don't care, they do. They care about lots of things. Last year, 475,000 hours worth of community service caring at BU alone. But why aren't there burning cars and burning bras? Is noone paying attention? Or has it gotten so complicated or so risky that everyone is afraid to say that the EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES?
Sat Oct 14, 08:25:21 PM 2006
Bob Merkin said...
Well, you're dexaggerating. There've been protests, and big 'uns. The website I filched these attractive young topless protesters from had aerial shots of the DC Mall, and that was a Metric Bunch of head tops (quite a few bald and gray and white).
I guess I have to remove my Pollyanna mask and speak to The Draft. Universal (giggle) Military Conscription of college-age males during the Vietnam War really was the kerosene that inflamed US campuses.
The Draft ended and was replaced by the All-Volunteer military in 1971.
I shall now take a few moments to roll around on the floor laughing at the government's use of that phrase "All-Volunteer."
These are volunteers the way I make a Free Choice to fall Down rather than float Upwards after I leap out a high window.
Nevertheless, today, a guy in college can stay in college for as long as he can financially and academically swing it. He doesn't have the 900-pound gorilla of the Selective Service System riding around on his shoulders electronically inspecting his Grade Point Average.
So the question you raise -- well, everyone on campus is ripshit against the Iraq War, but Disorder on Campus apparently historically requires (literally) the slight addition of a gun pointed to your head.
1. In Israel, Universal Conscription includes Women.
2. HEY U.B.! Is this a True Thing, or a False Myth?
During the Cold War and Divided Germany, if a draft-age male from anywhere in West Germany could live in West Berlin, then he couldn't be drafted in the West Germany military? I've heard that Legend, never have been able to verify it. If True, how did that work?
3. Man-on-the-Ground in the Alps: What's the latest flavor and color of Universal Military Conscription in CH?
The Dragon of the USA Draft was never slain, it's just sleeping and snoring. On every USA male's 18th birthday, he must by law still register with the Selective Service System (with a form available at the post office).
NOW YOU CAN REGISTER ON-LINE!!!
IS THAT AWESOME OR WHAT??]
Refusing to register with SSS is still a serious federal crime, although I don't know how aggressively the Justice Department prosecutes it. My GUESS is that they trade the threat of prison for ... Ta-Da! the opportunity for the dude to All-Volunteer for the Military!
I don't like a lot of the things the Bush Administration does because they're Toxic and Don't Work.
But refusing even to consider bringing the draft back ... that's Toxic to America, but it WORKS politically. It keeps the campuses quiet.
That's one promise by a president we can trust. As long as Bush keeps our soldiers in Iraq, he ain't ever going to bring back the draft.
And of all the lessons we learned or mis-learned from Vietnam, that's the most pathetic lesson of all. We didn't learn to pick our wars wisely. We learned not to go to war again while there was a military draft.
So (in case some Youth out there is wondering) only the desperate and the poor "choose" to risk their lives in our post-Vietnam wars.
Where are the sons of the wealthy? They were lining up to enlist, or showing up to be drafted, during World War II. Nobody wanted to be left behind in civilian clothes.
The millionaire's son who served in Navy combat in the Pacific was a huge part of how Kennedy beat Nixon in 1960. Nixon, from a relatively poor (Quaker) family, was a Navy officer in the Pacific, too, but supply, no combat.
So as long as the world still tolerates war, it's one fine lesson versus one perverted lesson. If you don't want riots in the streets:
A. Only fight wars that have the overwhelming support of all classes of people.
B. Never rely on the draft to meet your military manpower requirement.
Since 1971, our political scoundrel elite, from both parties, has chosen B. That's so despicable, so vile. Kill the poor kids. Save the kids of the wealthy.