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Public Slave System Essay

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Public Slave System

In 1999, a young man named Ryan John Sargeant removed himself from the public school system. His letter of intent, filled with harsh, condemnatory rhetoric, decried a school system that uses students as, ? a means to an end, a worthless commodity. Pupils are made nothing but workers by the educational system.? Such words would aptly describe a proposal by the United States government, which calls for three years of mandatory public service following high school before pursuing any higher education. A sweeping educational reform of this type sacrifices the Constitutional, personal, and moral rights of the individual students in favor of the public good, ...view middle of the document...

In countries built without such documents of inalienable rights, mandatory work programs are the norm for their students. In the United States, however, these programs violate the rights of each individual as demanded by the law.

Mandatory work programs for students also break a fundamental moral code, alluded to by the Constitution, found in many religious and governmental societies around the earth. As the Constitution recognizes, there exists a ?Law of Nature,? and certain entitlements according to that Law. Among these entitlements is the inalienable right that ?all men are created equal? and worthy of self-determination. This sentiment echoes in the teachings in many of the world?s religions, including the Bible, which states that ?all [men] are brothers,? and that one ?should not be lording it over another.? In all of these human philosophies lies a principle: It is morally wrong to govern or rule over another against their will or by use of force. Legislation that would force students to serve time in public service of any kind removes their basic moral right to self-determination and individuality. No longer would students be free moral agents, able to choose whether or not they agree with the Armed Services, or other public institutions. Instead, these decisions would be legislated and enforced for them. By passing such a law, then, the United States would violate not only its own constitution, but the basic moral values of its people.

Once the governmental and moral rights of the students have been broken by this proposal, the resulting disillusion and rebellion created within the students would only diminish any imagined benefits for the public good. History shows, even in recent decades, how oppression by governmental forces often brings rebellion, and with it, tragedy. For instance, the harsh sanctions levied against Germany...

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