|"Did Heidi ever put one over on the "principled thinkers" of SOLO??"|
Sadly, it appears that you are correct. I would like to think that there is an economic argument against war & the draft. I'd like to think that a future graduate in economics from Hillsdale college might be able to put a coherent case for it.
I'd really, really like to think that someone with aspirations of bringing a "libertarian/free-market viewpoint to a field [conservation biology]" might actually be able to put forward a more thoughtful, philosophical, and libertarian argument against conscription than "my opportunity cost is higher [than an army salary]."
Sadly it seems that I'm wrong on both points. All talk of conscription being a form of slavery, an initiation of force, and all that libertarian/objectivist/freedom philosophic shit seems to have washed over Heidi without leaving a mark.
And like Mr Druckenmiller, I too am sickened at the snide commentary on how much the life of Heidi's "friend" is worth.
But I am also pissed at seeing yet another example of a 20-something-academic-know-it-all automatically assuming that anyone who joins the military must have a room temperature IQ and nothing to recommend them other than possessing sufficient girth to stop a bullet.
Heidi, are you so retarded as to think that it doesn't require brains or skill to maintain, repair and tanks, artillery, mortars, jet-aircraft and helicopters all with computer-controlled-communication, navigation and fire-control systems? This attitude from someone that - I'm betting - doesn't even know how to change the oil in her own car.
I won't even bother about the brains and skill that goes in to getting that computerized, jet-fuel-powered equipment half way round the world, keeping it supplied and then using it properly. I shouldn't have to! You should have an appreciation for the logistics behind commercial global-distribution networks - it should have been something you encountered and learned to appreciate during your economics studies. What? Do you think the army uses a magic wand to feed, house, clothe, arm and move it's 150,000 troops in Iraq?
In short, I think that the people who sanctioned this load of unscholarly codswallop ought to be ashamed of themselves - regardless of which side of the Iraq-war debate they were on.
(Edited by Robert Winefield on 11/05, 6:24pm)