In our previous piece, which touches on the possibility of military conscription in the U.S., I discussed the implementation of this policy as well as the philosophical flaws with it. However, the previous installation only scratched the surface of the issues with this policy. This article will address the effect of conscription on U.S. foreign policy and the issues related to the qualifications of those enlisted involuntarily.
While the genesis of globalization is commonly debated, there is no doubt that it drastically transformed the international system. This reformation has been the focal discussion point for researchers, scholars, and economists alike; and where there is debate, there is disunity.
In April of 2018, President Trump signed a defense bill which called for a significant expansion of the military. The goal was to recruit 80,000 new soldiers for the Army by the end of the year. As 2019 started, it became clear that this goal was not even close to being reached. In fact, Myers of ArmyTimes notes that the Army, Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard all did not meet their 2018 recruiting goals.
Globalization has always instigated debate and disagreement. It’s blamed for the decay of state sovereignty, the rise of transnational organized crime and economic degradation. It’s constantly used as a scapegoat by politicians and world leaders who want to justify cases of economic and social race to the bottom phenomena in their respective nations, and it’s generally used as an easy excuse to defend failures and downsides. Regardless of these accusations, however, it’s important to note that the benefits of globalization and liberalization vastly overshadow their discontents, especially in the context of trade and economic growth.
In an increasingly globalized market, some governments are becoming much more concerned with three of the main consequences of expanding international trade. The first is that domestic companies are forced to grapple with not only domestic competitors, but also foreign competitors. Second is the growing dependence on foreign firms for important goods. Finally, the existence of trade deficits (higher imports than exports) which are often seen as “unfair”. In order to address these concerns, a growing number of countries are implementing tariffs on their imports, taxing certain classes of goods originating from specified countries.