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Citizen Soldier: war imitating SciFi?

  1. Dec 28, 2007 #1

    EnumaElish

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    U.S. joint forces' latest recruitment slogan is "Citizen Soldier."

    Isn't that a phrase from Starship Troopers?

    'The path to citizenship – concretely through military service – is a key theme in Heinlein’s novel. "Citizenship is an attitude, a state of mind, an emotional conviction that the whole is greater than the part . . . and that the part should be humbly proud to sacrifice itself that the whole may live."' -- Karen Kwiatkowski

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/kwiatkowski1.html
     
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  3. Dec 28, 2007 #2

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    Maybe that's the way to go. Or perhaps, mandatory military service for everyone.

    Then perhaps, people like Bush would be less likely to jump into a war like the one he started in Iraq.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2007 #3

    Dr Transport

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    I'll take this out of context, but yeah merrily, serve, then be a full citizen and have all your rights and privileges (vote etc....).
     
  5. Dec 28, 2007 #4
    while i sympathize this would only represent the views of those with a military mindset.

    I'd rather that pre-emptive and offensive wars not sanctioned by a world body like the UN be made an illegal matter altogether.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2007 #5

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    Goes back a bit further. The prototype for the phrase was Cincinnatus, a roman, who left farming to be a soldier in time of crisis and when the crisis passed put down the sword and returned to the plow.
     
  7. Dec 29, 2007 #6

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    If I remeber correctly, mandatory (male???) service is in effect in Switzerland and I cannot remember the last time they participated in a war.
     
  8. Dec 29, 2007 #7

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    Italy has mandatory military service, if you convince them that you are a pacifist (they actually have a test where you answer questions about liking flowers and sewing), then you can opt for 1-2 years (can't remember the minimum) of public service. But the public service requires you quit school and your job and leave your home to live at the institution you are serving. My friend in Italy had to live at the institution for the blind he was assigned to, it is a full time job of public service, and there is a curfew, you are not free to live as you wish during your period of service.
     
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    well, I guess "Citizen Soldier" is better than some line from "1984"
     
  10. Dec 29, 2007 #9

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    It doesn't have to be military service, but I'd be in favor of mandatory public service.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2007 #10

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    I don't think a mandatory military service is a good idea. I think it's against the UN human rights declaration and a type of slavery.

    I don't really comprehend statements like that. I'm going to gain nothing while losing everything by sacrificing my life, and what happens to the "whole" after that is irrelevant to me.
     
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  12. Dec 29, 2007 #11
    If there's going to be mandatory service, there better be womandatory service, too!!
     
  13. Dec 29, 2007 #12

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    I guess they are having a hard time selling duty in Iraq as an "adventure".

    I think the last thing that we need is every citizen being brainwashed by the military. Public service for college tuition or for assistance purchasing a "first home" would be great.
     
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  14. Dec 29, 2007 #13

    mheslep

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    Well you are able to maintain that world view because of others that went before you and believed the opposite.
     
  15. Dec 29, 2007 #14

    siddharth

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    Perhaps, but how is that relevant? If they sacrificed their lives voluntarily for what they believed to be for the good of the whole, it shouldn't obligate me to do so, and especially not through mandatory military service.
     
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  16. Dec 29, 2007 #15

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    They put their lives at risk, they didn't necessarily die.

    Ok, perhaps so, there certainly valid arguments about mandatory obligation. I object to your characterization of prior sacrifice as irrelevant. Military action by democracies has not been always used wisely, but it certainly is not irrelevant, as otherwise we likely don't have this discussion. On rereading your post though it appears that the argument is not qualified to military obligation, and that you would dismiss any civil obligation like, say, jury duty?
     
  17. Dec 29, 2007 #16

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    To clarify, what I mean is that whatever happens to the whole after *I* sacrifice my life is (obviously) irrelevant to *me* (and so, why should I?). I'm not saying that military action, or prior sacrifice by *others* is irrelevant to having this conversation, just that it is irrelevant to my views on mandatory military service. Whew, hope I conveyed myself clearly.

    The judicial system where I live doesn't use juries, so there isn't any such obligation. Even if such a system did exist, I wouldn't mind civil obligations as long as they don't directly increase the risk of "dying for the nation" (which is what my argument is based on).
     
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  18. Dec 29, 2007 #17

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    Agreed, public service or military service for ALL is a reasonable requirement for anyone. If it was performed without any educational deferments that would be good, a year or two before starting your higher education would do wonders for the marurity level of many students and may even reduce the drop-out rate.
     
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  19. Dec 29, 2007 #18

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    Ugh, that crap getting old. Very few people that are/were in the military are brainwashed. I think the exact opposite is true to people who keep spouting that. A lot of us actually consider ourselves to be relatively free thinkers.

    The term "Citizen Soldier" has been around since the Revolutionary War. It's not a modern marketing scam. Hasn't anyone had an American history class?
     
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    Yes it is old and zero weighted
    Bringing back the old days of bugs might be best evaluated since its strange to see how suddenly it all disapeared
     
  21. Dec 30, 2007 #20

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    There is a book entitled "A Citizen-Soldier in the American Revolution: The Diary of Benjamin Gilbert in Massachusetts and New York" published in 1980.

    There is also the website http://www.citizensoldier.org which claims to be "Teaching America's Ideas to America's Military." Excerpt:
    I am not sure that this rhetoric is actually helping the military.
     
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