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Green_Mountain_Makhno wrote

Ok. Here's why that won't work to stop American aggression and imperialism.

  1. The children of the rich and powerful won't go. They will have ways of getting out of any draft that is imposed, just like they did in Vietnam.

  2. Assuming the US stops private contracting as a part of the draft (they wouldn't, but let's assume), the private contractors who are doing it cuz they're murderous gung-ho reactionaries (which is the vast majority) will enlist and go anyway. They will be in every combat unit, and many of the things they did as contractors they will do as soldiers.

  3. The children of the poor will be the ones on the front lines. Minorities will be heavily over-represented, and their deaths will only anger the general population once they get to an astoundingly high number and the war goes on for a decade or more.

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ziq wrote

Since the US uses remote drones and missiles and airstrikes and very rarely sends in ground troops, this won't even happen. The US troop causalities are completely dwarfed by the casualties of their victims. Pretty soon they won't even need drone operators because they'll use AI.

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Green_Mountain_Makhno wrote

I agree, the use of drones and AI make even the eventuality of unpopular war a microscopic probability. There is no fixing it without removing the United States as a global super power, and a nation-state.

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supernice wrote

Also, proxy armies (ISIS is a good example). There are always mercenaries, for lack of a better term, available. The empire always finds a way.

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thelemotta wrote

This AI and drone apparatus is going to a point in the future that wars will be played with joystick like those E-Sports streamings. And remind me the idea that Olympics and Worlds Cups and international sports tournaments are supposed to "substitute" wars (in the colonial mentality).