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Moral High Ground Technique for Conscription into Military

Lucio talked about the moral high ground technique a while ago.
One government released a statement against people refusing to undergo conscription.

We have to be fair to everyone with regards to conscription.
Allowing citizens to choose whether and when they would like to undergo conscription would be unfair towards everyone else who did not have a choice.
This would undermine the duty towards serving the country.

Conscription is a grey area.

But I can see this technique being used in manipulative ways as well.
Such as owners and governments quoting all the instances where people have contributed towards the greater whole.
And admonishing/punishing people who do not follow their agenda.

A clearer, value-taking example would be the leaders of terrorist organisations.
They can frame people who do not follow their agenda as being immoral.

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Lucio Buffalmano

Absolutely it can be very manipulative.

In my opinion, this is a blatant case of manipulation.

This would undermine the duty towards serving the country.

The frame is here is that:

  1. Serving the country is good (this might be true in some cases, so it's difficult to attack, and a non-persuasive frame)
  2. You serve the country by joining the military
  3. It's a duty for people to join the military

The one I think it's easiest to leverage is N.2.


Because it lends itself better for moral high-grounding, since:

  1. you can frame yourself as against violence (good)
  2. frame the government as a war-mongering
  3. frame the politicians as wanting military because it beefs up their thirst for power
  4. frame conscription as an assault on basic rights (powerful for me, but most people aren't freedom-loving libertarians, so this would be a strategic mistake)
  5. frame military spending as money that goes away from healthcare and instruction towards militarism (very powerful frame, most people would agree with that)
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