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There is a growing debate in the United States as to whether the young should be encouraged or even compelled to give a year of "national service" to help the nation cope with its social problems, e.g., health care and illiteracy. While not advocating compulsory service, Buckley does argue that the young should be encouraged, through various rewards and sanctions, to give a year of service out of gratitude for civil liberties inherited and protected. While the idea seems to have merit on the surface, criticisms (cited by Buckley) that it smacks of totalitarianism, as well as the question of how this would be paid for on top of the national debt and the savings & loan crisis make the idea less attractive. An intriguing essay; recommended for academic and public libraries. For more on this topic, see Charles C. Moskos's A Call to Civic Service (Free Pr., 1988) and Richard Danzig and Peter Szanton's National Service (Lexington, 1986). Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90--Jeffrey R. Herold, Bucyrus P.L., Ohio
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