Here you go lazy bones!Great article, but you could have linked it better, please fix
Sigh.WARNING: Rant mode engaged.
I read the article but I am disgusted at his comparison of a soldier to a Roman slave. One makes the choice to join the army, a slave has no choice.
but within Rome, slaves – by law – had to be treated really well, and they had rights. The nearest parallel to Roman slavery in modern times is signing up for the Army, where you sign up to be sent to risk your life or whatever, but there are rules, and you get paid, and there's a fixed term. That's as close as you get to Roman slavery.
The comparission is of the terms of service, not the people.In Roman times, people would sign up for slavery to pay a debt. That's a different sort of cultural and political root.