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[–] ggolemg 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

It doesn't really matter as a question. If we've learned anything the government (US) can and does whatever it wants whenever it wants with or without your knowledge or approval. It's as simple as that. Even if there's a law against it, they'll just change/amend/repeal/override said law.

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[–] mr_skeltal [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not American but I totally agree, I guess what I mean to say is will todays average lazy comfortable western citizen comply with conscription? That's obviously hypothetical and would depend on circumstances. If the US was being invaded for example I would foresee no shortage of people signing up. If, however, it were a war in the Middle-East or Eastern Europe/Russia I don't think many Americans would be as eager, you get me?

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[–] ggolemg 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I do, and I don't think you can compare conscription to voluntary enlistment, they are opposites. The only way conscription: "the draft" would work now is if the government was willing to punish those who choose to not participate or at the very least say that there is a punishment. The US has a history of forced labor, this wouldn't be any different.

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[–] mscomies 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm not sure what country you're in, but in the US, all males have to register with the selective service when they come of age. It would be a tremendous pain to retool the military to deal with huge masses of unmotivated recruits, but the US government maintained the framework to get the conscripts if necessary.

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[–] mr_skeltal [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh really? So is that like a waiver saying you will fight if called up or face punishment?

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[–] mscomies 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's a database on every able bodied male that fit the criteria for being conscripted. You can't get a student loan, job with the federal government, or become naturalized as a US citizen without registering.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_Service_System

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[–] gromenawer 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

A country worth dying for doesn't have mandatory conscription. The citizens will go voluntarily.

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[–] GVSU__Nate 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wars should be put up to a public vote. If you vote in favor of going to war, you're automatically registered to serve.

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[–] nuesuh 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They could and would try. You cannot force someone to fight though.. but propaganda has and is still very effective.

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[–] 89131? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Absolutely could happen, If we are talking an invasion of your home country then expect conscription.

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[–] br2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think they could, but I don't think they would. It is probably more cost-effective and efficient to invest in tools that doesn't require significant manpower, e.g. drones and cyberwar. Speaking specifically for the US, I think it would be far easier to manufacture tech to project force overseas rather than recruit/train/equip/supply conscripts. War inside the US with an occupying foreign force is extremely unlikely to the point of implausibility, but in that situation, I think enough people would volunteer that conscription wouldn't even be an issue.

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[–] killerfrenchfry 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

They might, but if they did, I'd be heading straight for Canada... oh wait, I already live there. Shit. I guess it might be worth re-visiting the idea of an independent Quebec in such a case. The whole issue started when we didn't want to fight in Britain's wars, and we sure as hell won't fight for Harper and Bibi, either.

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[–] Ex-Redditor 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Governments have spent unknown amount of money to bypass human input. Why should humanity b expected to become cannon fodder?