Is there any merit to the idea of compulsory military service? There are many people who think that citizens have some obligation to defend their country, that is, as soldiers. However, it strikes me that many of these same people also have strong beliefs about the necessity of limited government. Compulsory military services entails the possibility of fighting and dying and violating one's strongest ethical convictions. So surely military service is, if anything, the very last thing that any government could legitimately compel! It seems completely insane to me that someone could think that taxation to fund social programs is unjust, and yet forcing people to go to war is just.

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