Wizards of Oz

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Duty and Service

The blogosphere has been replete with dialogue on "service" and "duty" -- and the perception of grass-roots activism within the State. Noteworthy bloggers who have recently addressed this topic, in addition to my post last week, include Dave D. at Small Wars Journal, General of the Hordes Subudei Ba'adur, Purpleslog at D5GW, as well as both Chirol and Younghusband at ComingAnarchy. Even TIME magazine has made "The Case for National Service" a cover story topic.

Interestingly, there has been a good deal of honest (and sometimes contentious) replies to these posts. Some admit their personal lack of service, while others see the resurgent public interest in community service as a lack of confidence in "central governments". Could it be the looming anniversary of 9/11 (and last week's KATRINA anniversary)? Or the impending U.S. presidential election and a definitive change of administration?

I'm curious what visitors to Oz think. Care to comment?

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At 3/9/07 19:21 , Blogger deichmans said...

CINCHOUSE (looking over the post while I put eldest to bed) has said (in our case) community service is a way to get connected with your home town -- and to make it truly yours. At the same time, it is better for governance -- reducing dependence on national agencies. If you have something to share, "pay it forward" and it will come back to you when you're in need. Kind of an altruistic "insurance policy".

At 4/9/07 09:31 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Service Act

Check out this homepage about duty and service.

Of course this is being put together by an ex U.S. Military officer, so take it with a grain of salt.

All in all still a good idea.

At 6/9/07 06:29 , Blogger Sean Meade said...

i am inclined to favor national service, military or civil/international. but this inclination is *very* unformed and may simply stem from mild socialist tendencies ;-)

At 6/9/07 16:51 , Blogger Jay@Soob said...

Hmmm... I can honestly say that I'm completely divided regarding the compulsory service presented by Chirol.

In one respect it stinks of a juvenile form of Orwellian ideology.

On the other hand the current condition of society and what passes for pop culture is so increasingly a bastion of narcissism and nihilism that the above mentioned Orwellian angle seems not too large a price to pay for reigning in the destructive and blind path our society seems to be embarking upon.

That said, voluntary service in any aspect is a noble cause. Personally I've volunteered on too few occasions though I am looking quite seriously at Shanes above mentioned EMI courses. Time though... Time, that bastard of a thief!

At 6/9/07 18:53 , Blogger deichmans said...

Anon, thanks for the link. Certainly a good idea, with checks & balances.

Sean, I always wondered about you... (Did you have a Lenin poster in your room like Dr. Tom used to? :-).

General Subadei, I have no doubt you will master time just as you did the Hungarians! Sleep, of course, is optional....

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