Thomas E. Ricks has an Op-Ed in the NYT calling for a return to the draft. Building on Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s recent statements calling for a reinstatement of conscription, Ricks provides a three tiered system. In essence, those who were drafted would have one of three options: (1) support services in the military for 18 months, without deployment; (2) national service in a non-military capacity for a somewhat longer period of time, or (3) the ability for libertarians to “opt out.” The final option is worth a quote:
And libertarians who object to a draft could opt out. Those who declined to help Uncle Sam would in return pledge to ask nothing from him — no Medicare, no subsidized college loans and no mortgage guarantees. Those who want minimal government can have it.
Assuming that libertarians would not be required to pay the taxes to support anything above minimal government, this option would be quite attractive. Indeed, one only wishes that this option could be available in the absence of Ricks’ plan to reinstate involuntary servitude.