Borrowing money to pay for war leads to greater social inequality and allows governments to shield the public from direct costs of war-leading to higher war support and approval ratings, and less budget oversight.
The United States has been fighting a war in Afghanistan Since 2001, costing thousands of lives and more than a trillion dollars. Today, many Americans are unaware of our continued presence in the country and much fewer understand why the U.S. is still there. Would a military draft raise people's awareness of wars fought by their country? How would this change war support in the U.S.?
Instituting a draft would decrease support for war efforts, as it would leave fewer people insulated from the costs of war.
Questioning assumptions about violence, security, and development shows how violence manifests in different contexts, in relation to power and inequality.