Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Check it out
One of my favorite sites on the web is the Legal Affairs website. In addition to posting insightful articles from the magazine, it also hosts Bashman's How Appealing blog, an absolute treasure for the court watcher, practitioner, commentator, or scholar.
But by far my favorite element to the site is the "Debate Club" feature. If you haven't discovered it yet, go take a look. Each week, the powers that be at Legal Affairs invite two legal commentators to debate an interesting topic. Some of the topics are more compelling than others, of course; but it is usually a good read. All of the archives are available.
This week, Phillip Carter and James Joyner discuss whether the U.S. military must adopt a draft if it is to maintain its global presence, an issue discussed previously on slate.
I personally don't have a horse in this race, but it seems to me that the best argument in favor of a draft is that it would give everyone in the country a personal stake in military policy. Of course, that benefit is only realized if the wealthy, the elite, and the connected are not given favorable treatment.
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