Americans Don't Like Class Warfare

How could they? Most Americans are getting their butts kicked: At the nation's 146 most selective colleges, only 3% of students come from the lowest socioeconomic quarter, it says; 74% come from the top quarter.

And the gap has widened: Wealthy kids are increasingly displacing middle-income students, according to a study of selective institutions by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.

This also means that only 23% are coming from the middle-two quarters. This is something US News and World Report won't tell you in their college rankings.

All of this makes me wonder how much has really changed since we abolished the draft. Our soldiers in Iraq are primarily coming from those income groups who do not go to college as often as others. While the military aims its recruitment at lower income and minority youth, the wealthy receive a deferment of prosperity and opportunity. This extreme inequality is also a crisis of national talent. There is simply no way that as a nation we can go on underutilizing the abilities of three quarters of our national population and continue to make significant progress as a nation.

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Military Draft
The military prior to the 1972 changes which ended the draft, was, perhaps flawed, but, if fit nicely with our established democratic principles.  America needs a fair draft.  The article titled, Send In The Army, on www.slicemagazine.com explores this subject.
by Capedrifter 2004-09-20 12:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Military Draft
No, we don't need a "fair" draft. A draft is simply government slavery. Those who favor a draft believe serving the state is more important than personal liberty.

Let's greatly reduce our bloated military, stop our empire building and foreign interventionism, and shut down most of our foreign bases. Then we'd just need a small volunteer standing army.

by Mark Fulwiler 2004-09-20 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Military Draft
I agree with this.  Why do we have a bazillion troops in places like South Korea, Japan, and Germany?  These countries are fairly rich-they can afford thier own armies, thank you very much.

The United States military is at least twice the size it needs to be-and having all this power and not using it makes some people antsy to use it for something.

The military should be big enough to protect the borders from foreign invasion, and that's about it.  I'm a bit of a Libertarian on this topic.

by Geotpf 2004-09-20 02:31PM | 0 recs

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