It received relatively little attention due to other political issues in the news. But, a few days ago, the House of Representatives voted to expand the draft registration of the mandatory “electoral service” to include women. The system currently only applies to men aged 18-25. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that the House passed last week will make the system applicable to women of the same age. Since there are similar provisions in the Senate version of the NDAA, women will soon be subject to the mandatory draft registration equivalent to men.
The move is likely, in part, in response to recent indications that the Supreme Court considers the current system to be linked to illegal gender inequality. In June, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging the male-only system. But three justices, including Conservative Brett Kavanagh, have argued that the system is unconstitutional, and that the court will have to declare it illegal in the near future if Congress does not act.
If Congress extends this system to include women, it will end the problem of unconstitutional gender inequality in draft registration. But it costs both men and women under potential forced labor. Earlier in the testimony National Military, national and public service commissions (whose reports were quoted by judges) And elsewhere, I’ve explained why such a policy is deeply unfair, and the best way to end gender inequality is to cancel draft registration for everyone. Through this, we can simultaneously promote freedom and gender equality, instead of sacrificing one after the other.
My son and daughter are both like that. Both should be gender free. But I also do not want any of them to be subjected to forced labor by the state.
For the foreseeable future, the expansion of the draft registration system could make a small difference. There is no military draft, and there is no politically important movement to restore it. But when and if such a movement resumes (as has happened several times in America’s past history), the existence of a draft registration system will make it easier to implement its agenda.
In addition, the same registration system that currently serves as the basis for only one possible military draft could be easily reconstructed to impose a system of forced forced labor at the request of some lawyers in the compulsory “National Service” by 2020 Democratic presidential challenger John Delaney. At the moment, this idea is probably less supported than the military draft re-imp. But, it could also gain potential popularity, as happened in France, which recently launched the compulsory national service, which was supposed to start in 2026. National Military, National and Public Service Commissions, The draft registration recommendations, which influenced both Congress and Supreme Court justices, included people sympathetic to the idea, although its final report refrained from doing so.
I have explained more fully in my testimony to the Commission that a nationwide system of forced labor is not just a controversial policy option, or one of the many potential violations of liberty. It will be a massive attack on the basic principles of a free society. Instead of expanding a draft registration system that could facilitate such heinous injustices, Congress should repeal its roots and branches, equally for men and women. We should strive for equal freedom regardless of gender, not the equal potential subjugation of forced labor.