Military Service, Citizenship, and the International Environment

  • Everett Carl Dolman


Political freedom begins with military service. This plain statement could have passed unchallenged as late as a century ago. From early Greek philosophy through the Enlightenment, the notion that those who fight for the state inevitably rule it was not only politically deterministic—it was morally just. Military service in support of state and society obliged certain social rights that eventually became codified in the form of government.1 Early modernists would extend these beliefs to their maximum practical application. Liberal democracy they insisted, with its principled goal of the complete dispersion of social rights, was possible only with universal military service.


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