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中華民國憲法第11條明文規定:「人民有言論、講學、著作及出版之自由。」而國軍也自詡是為捍衛中華民國憲法而存在,然而當人民成為軍人,他卻失去了憲法所保障的基本人權,其中包括言論自由…… (繼續閱讀…)

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20060408-seppl-023.jpg緣起:部隊指揮官要求幹部們落實休假電話查訪,要將所有晚間十點之後仍在外野遊的阿兵哥,取消榮譽假乙次處份……

很喜歡Milton Friedman針對美國總統甘乃迪的名言–Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.–提出的評論。他指出前後兩個半句都不是自由人對於人民與政府關係的理想,前半句充斥著父權意識,將政府視為監護人,不認為個人才是自己命運的主人;後半句則將人民視為奴僕,要為政府服務! (繼續閱讀…)

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How do you evaluate an investment when the effect of the investment is hard to measure? The investment I am thinking about is the defense budget. For many countries, it is an investment mainly to deter foreign aggression or threat of it.

One of the problem with national defense budget is, it’s so difficult to estimate its opportunity cost. To put it into perspective, for a business investment, to calculate whether an investment is good or not, all you have too do is something like this: divide profit by investment and then compare the result with other investments that you could have invested in during the same period of time. (繼續閱讀…)

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The followings are the statistics with respect to the numbers and the percentages of a certain armed force over the total armed forces.

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Most developed countries do not have a compulsory military service. The following are the statistics:

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hallstatt02.jpg每次在營區伍查時,看到阿兵哥一列一列地排排站好,答數行軍,或是一分鐘待命班,煞有其事地全副武裝在門口跑戰備,內心不禁感到一絲絲地不安……

謬誤三:服役是磨練、學習的好機會。

家長總是這麼說!當然還有學校的哲學系教授! 這個論點似乎把軍隊當成教育機構–孩子完成學業後,一定要到軍隊接受進入社會之前的訓練,而有這種想法的人都忘記軍隊的本質。 (繼續閱讀…)

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昨天在Greg Mankiw的部落格讀到這篇小故事:

Westmoreland將軍在委員會中作證指出他不願意指揮一支雇傭(mercenary:1.雇傭的 2.貪財的)的部隊。Friedman打斷他的話:「將軍,難道您寧可指揮一支奴隸(slave)的軍隊?」Westmoreland將軍回答:「我不喜歡聽到我們愛國的役男們被稱為奴隸。」Friedman反駁:「我不喜歡聽到我們愛國的志願軍人們被稱為傭兵。如果他們是傭兵,那麼我就是雇傭教授(mercenary professor),而閣下您是雇傭將軍(mercenary general)。雇傭的物理學家醫師(mercenary physician)服務我們,我們求助於雇傭的律師(mercenary lawyer),而且我們吃的肉都是來自雇傭的屠夫(mercenary butcher)。」

Milton Friedman的反應及口才令人欽佩,而且我很喜歡他用來形容徵兵制的名詞:army of slave,確實如此!

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