Nick Ottens is the editor of the transatlantic news and commentary site the Atlantic Sentinel and a contributing analyst with Wikistrat, and he blogs about politics and economics at Free Market Fundamentalist. He is also a historian whose current research is in the area of Islamic revivalist movements and terrorism in 19th-century British India. Send him mail.
Ludwig von Mises: "In relation to the immense sacrifices that the state demands of the individual through the blood tax, it seems rather incidental whether it compensates the soldier more or less abundantly for the loss of time that he suffers from his military-service obligation." - Nation, State, and Economy