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Old 09-04-2019, 01:17 PM
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I always thought it had to do with the ownership of people. In other words, slavery involves forced labor, but that's not the defining characteristic.

And at any rate, conscripts are paid and have a lot of rights that slaves don't have. Pretty much the only possible abridgement of rights involved is requiring you to serve in the armed forces, which is considered a duty of citizenship at any rate, not forced labor. It's pretty clear when you read/hear the citizenship oath that naturalized citizens take.

...that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law...

Last edited by bump; 09-04-2019 at 01:22 PM.