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National Service: Pro And Con
National Service: Pro And Con
Edited by Williamson M. Evers
Stanford University Press, 1990, 269 pp

As the Cold War's wane reduces the need for military manpower, the debate over national service will diminish apace, but it probably should not. As with most issues of public policy, there is more to national service than meets the eye, as this thorough collection of analyses and commentaries demonstrates, and as Evers' introduction clearly lays out. The sides in the debate are disarmingly mixed up: most free-market conservatives, like Milton Friedman or Martin Anderson, oppose national service, but the idea is endorsed by those communitarian conservatives (and welfare-state liberals) who hope to recreate a sense of community in American life.