SOLO-US Press Release: Compulsory Service Advocates Are Traitors to Freedom!

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Submitted by mvardoulis on Fri, 2007-09-21 21:50

SOLO-US Press Release, 9/21/07
Irvine, CA
For Immediate Release

Compulsory Service Advocates Are Traitors to Freedom

"Governments should serve the individual, not the other way around," says SOLO (Sense of Life Objectivists)-US Coordinator Michael Vardoulis. "The people who advocate compulsory service in the recent issue of Time Magazine propose to betray that fundamental American principle going back to Thomas Jefferson and his inspiration John Locke. A government's only moral function is to protect the rights of the individual citizens. Forcing individuals to do anything other than respect the rights of other individuals is the role of a tyrant, not a legitimate government."

"This is not the first time Americans have wanted to be treasonous to their heritage. Ayn Rand captured the essence of the ideological problem in her essay 'The Wreckage of Consensus' from Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, where she pointed out:

'When a vicious principle is accepted implicitly, it does not take long to become explicit: pressure groups are quick to find practical advantages in its logical implications. For instance, in World War Two, the military draft was used as a justification for proposals to establish labor conscription - i.e. compulsory labor service for the entire population, with the government empowered to assign anyone to any job of its choice. If men can be drafted to die, it was argued, why can't they be drafted to work for their country?'

“In a free society, no one should be drafted to die or work or do anything for their country other than refrain from the initiation of force, fraud or coercion against others. A government that can force you to die, or work, for its alleged goals owns your life. If government owns your very life," continues Vardoulis, "how is that anything but totalitarian, regardless of who is 'running' the government?"

"The issue of whether or not it is moral for a man to be owned by another man should have been settled for good in the 19th century by Frederick Douglass and the Abolitionists," insists Vardoulis. "It is no more moral for a government to own a man than it is for a man to own a man. If one wishes to give of oneself voluntarily, that is one’s prerogative. But forcing compassion through the point of a gun is the action of a totalitarian regime. Compassion ends when compulsion begins; there is nothing 'moral' about forcing people to 'work' for their country any more than forcing people to 'die' for their country. In fact, it’s disgusting—just as it’s disgusting that Americans are taking this reactionary proposal seriously.”

Michael Vardoulis SOLO-US Coordinator (949) 387-3306


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I can work 'miracles' with a barbeque

mvardoulis's picture

Give me something to grill, and you won't be sorry. Souvlaki is a particular specialty (my grandmother's recipie - OPAH!).

Anything apart from barbequeing and boiling water, however...

350 special forces troops, however..

HWH's picture

As you mention....not my territory either, but between Linz and Elijah I wonder who would say uncle first when faced with such a prospect.

Love to get my lily-whites on some of your recipes, and to hopefully ease the pain of letting go, may I offer this sop that will most surely elevate you from demi-god to full god status at your next cookout.

Its a recipe for the best fruit chutney you'll ever find...and which has become famous throughout the whole of Africa.

Makes about 18 bottles (mild)

612 g dried peaches
238 g dried apricots
3 litres dark grape vinegar
2 1/2 kg white sugar
500 g onions
120 g salt
5 g cayenne pepper

To make chutney "hot", add 75 g minced hot peppers.
To make peach chutney, leave out the dried apricots and use 850 g dried peaches.

Soak the dried fruits overnight in the vinegar. Then boil in the same vinegar until soft, and drain. Mince in a food mill or chop up with a knife. Add the fruit, sugar (dissolved in a little of the same vinegar) and onions (minced) and boil in the vinegar in a large pot. The amount of vinegar will depend on the consistency. It should not be too runny or too thick. Do not boil to long, watch the consistency. Add the cayenne pepper and/or hot minced pepper, and boil 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Stir now and then with a wooden spoon to ensure it doesn't burn.

Enjoy...and don't you forget those recipes now you hear!

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Hilton, I can do things to

Lance's picture

Hilton, I can do things to fish and meat on an open fire and a dutch oven, that would make a grown man weep with delight. Portable kitchen? I don't need no stinkin' portable kitchen!

350 special forces troops, however...

Waste of time

HWH's picture

As one of the hundreds of thousands of South Africans drafted for a minimum of 2 years to fight a useless border war against the Cubans and SWAPO (1965 to 1989), I can personally attest to the waste of time, lives and resources consumed by this ridiculous policy.

In 1983, after 3 months of horrendously tough combat training I was sent to run a small northern Namibian border camp kitchen at Okatope for 18 months.

As you so rightly pointed out from [CUI - 21. The Wreckage Of The Consensus, Ayn Rand]

Of all the statist violations of individual rights in a mixed economy, the military draft is the worst. It is an abrogation of rights. It negates man's fundamental right—the right to life—and establishes the fundamental principle of statism: that a man's life belongs to the state, and the state may claim it by compelling him to sacrifice it in battle. Once that principle is accepted, the rest is only a matter of time.

Good work Mike


PS! (Have a look at the from which I managed to produce food for 350 special forces troops twice a day for 18 months. beat that Jennifer...and Lance and Mitch, your taties and salads are no match for my corned beef recipes)


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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