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Do anarchists register for the selective service?

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Why/why not
asked Apr 3, 2012 by Vindico Vaco (1,340 points)
edited Apr 4, 2012 by Vindico Vaco
Not trying to be mean, but this is not an advice site.
Fair enough, just too concerned for whatever choice my nephew makes I guess.

-edited to make question more 101
I have used it as an advice site before and gotten good advice.  Oops.

3 Answers

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It's not like you actually have to go if they call you in...
answered Apr 4, 2012 by Taigarun (2,860 points)
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There is a risk to not registering, but at this point a seemingly small risk. Not registering could possibly throw up red flags if one is being background-checked for an unrelated reason. The laws mandating the SS were only actively enforced for 1980-1986: http://hasbrouck.org/draft/prosecutions.html . Add to that, the draft has not been implemented since the Viet Nam war (before the SS existed). The US war machine has been running two simultaneous wars for years now on a "volunteer" army. In my opinion this is so that the ranks can be filled with the poor instead of young adults from the war-declaring classes. Thus Iraq/Afghanistan (with some exceptions) have not been in the public consciousness as much as previous wars. I have heard from several vets about the culture shock they have when they return from deployment and realize no one is paying attention.

One might feel that not registering is worth the risk to prove a point/ as a matter of conscience. In high school and college i had male friends in the anti-war scene (mostly non-@) that refused on principle and others that did it anyway. At this point it doesn't really seem to matter much either way, but who knows what some future hawkish administration might do? For all we know a new war could erupt any day (so many hawks in USA, Israel and Iran want to go at it). Wikipedia describes SS as a "contingency plan". As anarchists we should bear in mind that many government institutions once initiated as a contingency have become part of the regular workings of the state bureaucracy. But, as Taigarun pointed out, even if a draft-based war started you could just run away to Canada, or whatever.

Anyway, meandering sort of answer, but i hope i explained the differing rationales OK. Personally, i don't feel too strongly either way.
answered Apr 4, 2012 by enkidu (7,610 points)
You cannot run away to Canada; they will turn you back.
You don't have to run away at all, though. All the Vietnam draft dodgers I've ever met just stayed where they were.
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If you don't register you're ineligible to get any money (such as pell grants and stafford loans) from the federal government to pay for your college tuition.
answered Apr 13, 2012 by asker (9,110 points)
edited Sep 3, 2012 by asker