Perhaps the answer to the poll question is "Yes"?
Because it is apparent that there are differing perspectives as to what slavery is.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Last edited by Objective Voice; 05-11-10 at 03:21 PM.
Conscription may be compulsory labor, but it is not slavery. Conscripts are not, as has been asserted, owned by the government. They are compensated for their labor and free to own property. The terms and duration of their service are defined by law, they may not be sold or traded, and they are entitled to strict legal protection concerning their treatment.
If they can not be beaten, sold, or killed by the government, then they are not owned by the government and are thus not slaves of the government. Mandatory military service is no more slavery than mandatory elementary education is.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)