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Ukraine instates military conscription

•, by Smudge Pot
 Apparently young men used to have to give up a year to military service. This is repugnant enough to libertarian values but there's something far more insideious here. If true, given as X% of the conscripts would be ethnic Russian, Russian speaking and pro-Russia, these would become hostages or human shields. The inescapable message?


How long can a state last when it uses it's citizens as human shields? Can a state be considered viable at all in this condition? Perhaps. It might continue to exist for some time. Witness former USSR, Poland and East Germany for a few examples. But can it be considered legitimate? Not if we accept defense of the rights, lives and property of it's citizens to be one of the primary, legitimate roles of the state.

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