The Draft: By Lot or Not?


From Congress to the campus and back again, debate over the inequities and eccentricities of the U.S. Selective Service System continued at high volume last week. Republican Richard Nixon blasted it as a potential "national scandal." New York's G.O.P. Senator Jacob Javits called it a "crazy quilt" of regulations; he proposed instead a McNamaraesque plan for universal national service (not necessarily military) to include everyone under 35. And Joseph P. McMurray, president of New York's 20,000-student Queens College, snapped, "Let us stop pretending that enforced service is democratic," and demanded that U.S. conscription be done away with — period.


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