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celebratedrecluse wrote

Well, cheer up, there's still the poverty draft! :^)

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ziq OP wrote

State doesn't listen to the poor. Has to be people in their own class being affected.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

ok, but most imperial armies have relied on significant numbers of lower-class or lower-caste people, even slaves in many instances, so it is unrealistic to assume an empire as wealthy as the US would not do so when it was threatened with the prospect of a middle class rejection of the social contract

i believe we have to make politics for the world we have, not the one we wish we lived in, you know? but i feel ya

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chakarera wrote

https://mic.com/articles/59699/one-stat-about-the-u-s-military-that-will-surprise-you

That's actually a myth. Most are just overly patriotic middle and upper class kids.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

Huh. Interesting

By "enlisted", are they factoring in the officer ranks though? Good faith would have me believe no, but this article seems to writing from a very pro-military perspective: "Look at how privileged the military is-- isn't that awesome?!". Since it validates their POV, I can see why they might try to fudge the definitions a bit by counting officers as "enlisted".

But maybe not. If it's really just the enlisted ranks, though, that's very interesting, and contradicts what I believed to be true.

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