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The other day I was discussing with a couple of friends how military recruiters prey on marginalized communities. They make lofty, grandiose promises for upward mobility, freedom and prosperity. But when it comes down to it, unless its on paper, recruits are likely to see few if any of the extravagant promises come to fruition. Then you have a bunch of veterans who went through hell and watched their friends die in their arms for a war that no one wanted and isn’t accomplishing anything. They don’t want that to all be for nothing, which is understandable considering the hardships they endured. But effort justification is a fallacious notion. The conversation was continuing in that manner.

“Man, it reminds me of the Romans,” Jon said, standing up and walking around to escape some mosquitoes. “Like when they’d have these armies of slaves to do their fighting. It’s so wrong.”

“Well to be fair, a for a few of them it actually works out,” Jared chimed in with his steady pragmatism. “I mean, for some of them, they have a steady job, and they learn a trade. Plus they have an opportunity to get an education. I’m not saying that everybody does, but for a minute percentage, they actually do get more freedom.”

I spoke my mind a bit more boldly than normal. Perhaps it was the New Castles. “Yeah but a minute percentage of slaves had sweet masters who set them free.”

So there it is. Our current military-industrial complex is fuelled by “slave” labor in the new capitalist empire.