Scott interviews Edward Hasbrouck about the effort to finally abolish America’s “selective service” requirement, the modern-day remains of what was once the draft. Hasbrouck explains how, after Nixon abolished the draft in the 1960s, Jimmy Carter reinstituted the system we have today, partially to combat national anxiety over the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis. Hasbrouck says that what the draft really is is an assurance to America’s war planners that there will always be an unlimited supply of infantry troops to fight any war the government decides to wage. Taking this power away means putting some of the power to decide when the U.S. will actually fight a war back in the hands of the American people, where it belongs.
Discussed on the show:
- “‘Selective Service Repeal Act’ Introduced in Congress” (Antiwar.com)
- “Red Dawn (1984)” (IMDb)
- Bill Texts: US SB1139
Edward Hasbrouck is a regular writer at Antiwar.com and maintains the blog, Resisters.info.
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