Paul Hsieh comments on a DC EXaminer article about the fast-moving expansion of government servitude organizations now likely to occur under Democrat rule — and likely to pass with Republican support.
From the Examiner article Paul links:
The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying the new program should “combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service,” while establishing “campuses” that serve as “operational headquarters,” complete with “superintendents” and “uniforms” for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And it calls for creation of “a permanent cadre” in a “National Community Civilian Corps.“
Americorps, Peace Corps, and now more “corps”?
While the Examiner is correct about the WWII-era feel of this proposal, I myself am also reminded of a time period just a few years earlier, a place several thousand miles further east, and another word with similar quasi-military connotations:
“With the creation of the German Labor Front, co-ordination became an elemental force, drawing all Germans in its wake. With sudden changes of name, the organizations of economic and cultural life co-ordinated themselves, and a country, which had always been rich in clubs and societies, was suddenly bristling with “fronts”.
–from “Der Fuehrer” by Konrad Heiden (1944 edition)