[FoRK] The Draft

Contempt for Meatheads jbone at place.org
Sat May 8 10:30:13 PDT 2004

Whether you love or hate Ayn Rand (or both) it is without question that 
she occasionally had some very eloquent things to say about certain 

Surfing around today I came across the following site and was reminded 
of a particular Rand quote about the draft.  Check out:



"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 it by compelling him to sacrifice it in 
battle. Once that principle is accepted, the rest is only a matter of 

"If the state may force a man to risk death or hideous maiming and 
crippling, in a war declared at the state's discretion, for a cause he 
may neither approve of nor even understand, if his consent is not 
required to send him into unspeakable martyrdom—then, in principle, all 
rights are negated in that state, and its government is not man's 
protector any longer. What else is there left to protect?

The most immoral contradiction—in the chaos of today's anti-ideological 
groups—is that of the so-called "conservatives," who posture as 
defenders of individual rights, particularly property rights, but 
uphold and advocate the draft. By what infernal evasion can they hope 
to justify the proposition that creatures who have no right to life, 
have the right to a bank account? A slightly higher—though not much 
higher—rung of hell should be reserved for those "liberals" who claim 
that man has the "right" to economic security, public housing, medical 
care, education, recreation, but no right to life, or: that man has the 
right to livelihood, but not to life."


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