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View Diary: Morning Feature: Whose Liberty, Part II - Libertarian Myths and Privilege (191 comments)

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  •  Under the "stop loss" program, (4+ / 0-)

    our Army volunteers have, in fact, agreed to involuntary servitude.  It's the modern version of marriage for life.  A person makes a commitment and continues to be bound by it, regardless of the behavior of the establishment to which s/he has committed.  Indeed, the Army even claims a right to punish a failure to honor that commitment by depriving the individual of all human rights via incarceration, instead of just some (speech, association, mobility, security of the person).

    Just think, Americans join the military to promote human rights and personal freedoms and are ordered to kill inoffensive people.  How can they reconcile that?  Well, one way is to argue that their own deprivation of rights which they have been forced to voluntarily give up with deserves to be balanced with a similar surrender from those they are supposedly sacrificing to save.

    Natural persons can be free because nature's limits are quite severe. Artificial persons need to be restrained.

    by hannah on Fri May 28, 2010 at 06:48:51 AM PDT

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