Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Involuntary Servitude in Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023

The State can protect and promote the interests of its sick, or potentially sick, citizens in one of two ways only: either by coercing physicians, and other medical and paramedical personnel, to serve patients — as State-owned slaves in the last analysis, or be creating economic, moral, and political circumstances favorable to a plentiful supply of competent physicians and effective drugs.
Thomas Szasz, “The Right to Health” [1969]


May 12, 2023

Involuntary Servitude in Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.
One of the interesting aspects of the Russia-Ukraine war is that the regimes in both countries have resorted to conscription to get soldiers to “serve their country.” One would think that if a war is just, citizens would not have to be forced to fight in it. With conscription, the state commands a citizen to report to a military facility, where he is forced …

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