"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 time."
-- AYN RAND
"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."
-- AYN RAND
The Draft Is An Anathema To Human Freedom by Nicholas Provenzo
The idea of the draft should be anathema to any person dedicated to human freedom. It takes men and women of substance to successfully defend the nation. Such men and women are not found by draft boards.
Giving Real Meaning to Veterans Day: Fighting for Freedom is No Sacrifice by Edwin A. Locke
Veterans Day arouses three emotions in most Americans: solemnity, because it celebrates the veterans who have defended our great country; sadness, because so many have lost their lives in the process; and pride, because they have fought so well.
A Veteran Comments on Re-instating the Military Draft by Nicholas Provenzo
Rangel's fundamental motive is the most vicious one could imagine: in order to dissuade the President from pursuing a war with an enemy that threatens the security of the American people, Rangel proposes the government violate the rights of the American people. Rangel is not alone in his call for the military draft -- many conservatives also seek to re-establish the draft and mandatory national service, but in the name of American nationalism.
An Idea Not Worth Drafting: Conscription is Slavery by Peter Krembs
The fundamental case against compulsory military service is because it is simply bad in practice, but because it is immoral on principle.
Grotesque Cynicism on the Draft by Michael J. Hurd
The draft means force and modern liberals like imposing force -- on American citizens, not on America's enemies such as Saddam Hussein.
The Purpose of the Draft is Not a Strong Military by Michael J. Hurd
For years military leaders have observed that motivated recruits are better than what amounts to slave labor.
The Military Draft and Draft Registration Versus Freedom by George F. Smith
Though we've had no draft since 1973, many are calling for conscription now -- and not just for the military. Statists want to force every youth in this country to serve in some capacity and are clamoring to join in the power grab of the current crisis. "[T]he most fundamental objection to draft registration is moral," President Reagan once said. "[A] draft or draft registration destroys the very values that our society is committed to defending."
The Draft is Slavery